If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know that I need no excuse to drink rye whiskey. In fact, I can turn just about anything into a reason to do so. But if you need a justification for doing such a thing, the chill in the air is it.

Let the people have their pumpkin spice lattes (and, well, everything else) while we warm up with The Perfect Manhattan, a simple, classic cocktail served up.

This Manhattan is made with a tablespoon of jus (or juice) from the whiskey-soaked cherries my husband and I have in our fridge pretty much all the time — which is why we call it The Perfect Manhattan. If you don’t have that on hand, you could use a teaspoon the old standby: maraschino cherry juice. To be honest, though, that stuff is so cloyingly sweet, you’re better off just omitting the cherry part all together.

This recipe serves two, since drinking with someone else is more fun than drinking alone, and it helps to keep you warm.

The Perfect Manhattan
Serves: 2

3 shots rye whiskey
1 shot sweet vermouth
A few dashes Angustora Bitters
1 tablespoon whiskey-cherry jus
Garnish: Whiskey-soaked cherry

Glassware: Double rocks glass

Method: Add the whiskey, vermouth, bitters, and a tablespoon of the cherry jus to a mixing glass with ice. Stir (don’t shake!), then divide it between two cocktail glasses. Garnish each with a cherry and enjoy.