Iron Manhattan

Add bourbon, sweet vermouth, 2 dashes of angostura and 1 dash of orange bitters to a mixing glass with ice, and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a brandied cherry or a lemon twist. Now pour that into a sports direct mug and drown it in Iron Brew, this, ladies and gentlemen is the Iron Manhattan.

Broken Chair’s love letter to this terrible cocktail stars Jamie Cunliffe as frustrated TV writer Isaac Stark, a twice-divorced billionaire genius facing middle age alone after his wife, Jill Rogers, leaves him for a woman. Isaac is dating fresh-faced Hulk, a high school girl he knows is wrong for him, and begins to wonder if he and New York intellectual Mary Strange, the mistress of his best friend, Thor Pollack, might make a better couple. They don’t.

Shot in full 4K black and white, what follows is a nuanced, beautiful, exploration of the very nature of what it means to be a high tech superhero in New York during the late 70’s grappling with the concepts of true love, the meaning of existence and the evil tyrant Thanos.

Yeah, we’re not sure what’s going on either, just drink your cocktail and it’ll all go away.

Happy Chairsday!

Iron Manhattan