Adrienne Brodeur’s Recipe for Malabar’s Power Pack Cocktail

Adrienne Brodeur’s Recipe for Malabar’s Power Pack Cocktail

Then Malabar ordered a power pack in her usual rapid-fire staccato: “A dry Manhattan. Standing up. With a twist. No ice. No fruit.” When the waiter tilted his head quizzically, Malabar exhaled her annoyance and repeated the order at exactly the same speed as she had the first time. I asked for a Taj Mahal beer.
—Adrienne Brodeur, WILD GAME: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

My mother’s Manhattan’s were fairly standard, except that she tripled the typical amount of booze and never, ever added a cherry. Recipes were not Malabar’s thing— she could taste and replicate drinks, dishes, sauces without recipes!  But, if I were to hazard a guess — it would go like this.

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Adrienne Brodeur: Malabar’s Power Pack Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Adrienne Brodeur's recipe for her mother Malabar's favorite cocktail, the Power Pack, a perfect accompaniment to a book club discussion of Brodeur's memoir, WILD GAME.


4 – 5 ounces Maker’s Mark bourbon

1 ounce dry vermouth (she preferred Noilly Prat)

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 cup ice cubes

Lemon twist, for garnish


Place martini glass in freezer an hour before serving.

Place ice in cocktail shaker.

Add bourbon, vermouth, and Angostura bitters to shaker, and shake until shaker starts to “sweat” on the outside.

Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.




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