The legendary Harry Johnson was one of the pioneers of the modern American cocktail. In the 19th century, he honed his craft at 1 Hanover Square, in Manhattan's Financial District, where a different man named Harry opened his beloved bar in 1972.
The neighborhood has changed quite in the past few decades, with new luxury buildings popping up like Metro Loft's new which was once a part of the historic New York Stock Exchange building, a few blocks from Hanover Square. To celebrate its unveiling, the brilliant bartenders at Harry's have created a cocktail in the building's—as well as the original Harry's—honor called The Old Mr. Johnson. The drink is a riff on the Old Fashioned, inspired by Twenty Broad’s design which echoes the influence of the area's Beaux-Arts-style architectural tradition.
Old Mr. Johnson
2 oz. Bulleit Rye
½ oz. cream sherry
¼ oz. ancho reyes
2 dashes Angostura
¼ tsp cane sugar
Stir and serve on the rocks. Finish with orange oils.