I wanted to pay tribute to Walter Cronkite, the anchorman's anchorman, in booze. So I was thinking, instead of reinventing the wheel, a classic should be renamed for him because Cronkite was a class act. He's a part of our history, like 40 years ago today, when we
landed on the moon. He's tied to that event and many more; in fact, the term anchorman was coined for him, the "most trusted man in America." He had gravitas, something you couldn't say about any newsmen today. Cooper? Gimme a break. Gibson? *Raspberries*.
2 ounces Scotch (no less than Dewars)
1 teaspoon each sweet and dry vermouth
The Anchorman has to have Scotch, right? Right. I imagine Cronkite drinking a perfect Rob Roy, a drink named after an 18th-century Scottish hero no one knows and a horrible Liam Neeson movie no one saw. A Manhattan made with Scotch (instead of whiskey) and equal parts sweet and dry vermouth (instead of just sweet vermouth), hold the bitters, this drink is pure class. Scotch bites more than whiskey, which can come off as sweet. That and the dry vermouth turn this cocktail into one that's more balanced and intense. You can use the standard Martini & Rossi vermouths for this, but a more perfect version of the "perfect" drink requires something more flavorful, like Boissiere or Noilly Prat. Garnish with a lemon twist.
For the perfect perfect, hit up Oliver's in the Mayflower Park hotel (405 Olive Way), where they take such things in a cocktail glass with the utmost seriousness.