If your Manhattan is getting stale, allow us to introduce you to the Black Manhattan, an inky black variation that swaps in complex and bitter amaro for the usual sweet vermouth. While Amaro Averna is the conventional amaro of choice, there are plenty of others out there, and each will transform your cocktail in a different way. So turn out the lights on your Manhattan with these seven amari.
For a Standard Black Manhattan: Averna
If you’re just starting your journey to the dark side of the Manhattan, take baby steps. Averna provides the bitter herbal edge one would expect from an amaro cocktail, and it’ll still dye your Manhattan a sultry tint, but the sweet amaro maintains a mostly mellow vibe with tastes of orange and caramel.
For a Jack & Coke of Black Manhattans: Ramazzotti
The easy-sipping Ramazotti offers notes of cola and root beer on top of fruity sweetness. Underlying spices in the amaro like chicory, cinnamon and gentian pick up on the rye’s natural flavors, combining with Angostura for a peppy Manhattan capable of picking you up midway through a sleepless New York night.