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Happy Anniversary, Statue of Liberty! Celebrate With This Fantastic Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

New York Smash Magazine  

Basil Hayden's Liberty Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Today is the Statue of Liberty’s 127th Anniversary! In her honor, we’re whipping up a few Liberty Manhattan cocktails by Basil Hayden’s. See the recipe below.

Today marks the 127th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, and this year’s event is special.

For the first time since Hurricane Sandy, Ellis Island reopened to the public this morning.

“We wanted to reopen for the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. It’s also the 127th anniversary, so we thought it would be the most appropriate day to do this,” John Warren, a spokesman for the National Park Service, told New York Smash. “The first ferry just arrived.”

Given as a gift from the French in 1885, the Statue of Liberty was named after Liberas, the Roman goddess of freedom. She holds a torch and tablet evoking American law, which is inscribed with the date of our country’s Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. The statue was officially dedicated a year later, on October 28, 1886 by President Grover Cleveland.

To visit Ellis Island, view the ferry schedule and ticket information here.

Here’s how we’re celebrating: This Manhattan cocktail is a classic with a modern twist. Basil Hayden’s Liberty Manhattan combines sweet and dry vermouth with the fall flavor of maple syrup and trademark spicy finish of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon to create a cocktail perfect for toasting Lady Liberty’s anniversary. See the recipe below.

Basil Hayden’s® Liberty Manhattan


  • 1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
  • ½ part Sweet Vermouth
  • ½ part Dry Vermouth
  • ½ part Maple Syrup
  • 2 dashes of Bitters
  • Instructions

    1. Stir together Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, vermouth, maple syrup and bitters over ice in a rocks glass.
    2. Garnish with a cherry and serve.