The Subdued takes you on a journey to Spain in its very forward sherry fashion, but in a silky, soft way. Utilizing a blend of sweet and dry sherry along with a sweet vermouth complements the spicy qualities of the rye. This might be your new favorite Manhattan.
Ice (for shaker)
¾ ounces local rye whiskey
½ ounce Amontillado (sweet) sherry
½ ounce Fino (dry) sherry
¾ ounce Spanish Rojo vermouth (vermut)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
5 toasted star anise
Toast star anise in a pan over medium high heat until you begin to notice the aroma (about 5 minutes). Let cool.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Mix all ingredients except 1 star anise. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the remaining star anise.