Named after the Italian slang word for “the boys,” this riff on a Manhattan uses Fernet Branca—a divisively bitter Italian amaro—in lieu of Angostura bitters. While its origins are murky at best, the Fanciulli is a bonafide bitter classic. When building the drink, make sure to use an overproof rye whiskey like Rittenhouse or a bolder bourbon like Knob Creek, which can match the intensity of fernet.
There are those who consider the Manhattan a little sweet for their tastes. Enter the Perfect Manhattan—a recipe variation that calls for equal parts dry and sweet vermouth for a more balanced version of the classic cocktail. Though we believe Manhattans should always be made with rye, bourbon is also an acceptable option, especially in...