Poke all of the fun you'd like at the world's mixologists, but at least making their own bitters and brandied cherries requires some effort, unlike the slacker bartenders of old who, apparently, just switched out components of various drinks and passed around the same old names like so many cases of herpes. Here at Chowbacca! we're not standing for it. Nor are we sitting or falling down for it.
How many "martinis" are there? How many "Manhattans"? I've covered examples of both on this blog and now here is an adult beverage that might make things a little more confusing: The Martini Rossi Rosso, which is ... are you ready? A VODKA MANHATTAN. Sort of.
Created, I've read, at La Bottega in NYC and named for the ingredient Martini brand sweet vermouth, and not a proper martini, this cocktail can be made with any old sweet vermouth. Since you'll want some flavor you won't be getting from the vodka I'd suggest skipping the Martini brand and using either Carpano Antica or Punt e Mes.
What's in it?
4 1/2 Ounces Vodka
1 1/2 Ounces Sweet Vermouth
1/8 Ounce Orange Bitters
1 Orange Rind Twist
The creators call for a shake, but I say stir. Pour the results into a chilled glass and add the twist. Like many less-than-creatively-named cocktails, it is also delicious.