Classic
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Rye • Whiskey
Black Manhattan

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Created by San Francisco bartender Todd Smith during his time at Bourbon & Branch, this take on the rye whiskey-based Manhattan replaces sweet vermouth with the Italian amaro Averna. It’s just the thing for when you’re in the mood for something dark with a touch of mystery.

The Essentials

rye
Averna
bitters
Bar Spoon
Strainer
The Details

Ingredients

2 oz rye
1 oz Averna
1 dash bitters
1 dash orange bitters
brandied cherry, for garnish

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
  • Stir for 30 seconds until ice cold.
  • Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.
easy
Strength:
Whiskey Dry Easy
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