With all the skinny and gummy-bear-flavored versions and the energy-drink pairings, vodka seems to have lost its place in the center of the liquor shelf. It's not quite the star of the cocktail menu at Manifesto, but it does lend itself to a sharply pointed yet easy-on-the-palate drink, the Silencer. The Silencer is gentle with Shpilka (the seriously smooth Russian brand), Cocchi Americano (an Italian aperitif wine fortified with brandy), Mathilde Peche (a peach liqueur), Bitter Truth lemon bitters and a whisper of St. George Absinthe. Garnished with a lemon twist, the $11 drink slips easily into your mouth and leaves without a trace of wormwood. Best enjoyed in quiet contemplation, the Silencer is way more sophisticated than anything Diddy mixes up with his Ciroc.