Diamond Celebration at Carthay Circle Lounge

Manhattan and Martini with diamond-shaped ice cubes

Our favorite way to have a Manhattan is in the style of Carthay Circle Lounge, with cherries and an ice sphere. We were back there this weekend after running the Disneyland 10K race. The lounge is a great place to take a break from the theme parks, with delicious drinks and a relaxed, Old Hollywood atmosphere. This time, there were lots of extra sparkles to celebrate the park’s 60th anniversary. Carthay Circle’s diamond anniversary offerings included special versions of two cocktails: their Manhattan and Martini, both served with diamond-shaped ice.

The Manhattan: Regardless of the shape of the ice, Carthay Circle makes theirs with Bulleit rye, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, and three cherries.

The Martini: We’d tried making a Martini at home recently and hadn’t liked it much. This one was good, though: it had Hendrick’s gin, which has a more floral taste than most, and Lillet Blanc playing the role of the vermouth.

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