A variation on a Manhattan, this cocktail swaps out the usual sweet vermouth for Averna amaro. Rich and viscous with notes of honeycomb, orange and baking spices, Averna amaro pairs perfectly with bourbon’s woodsy, malted sweetness. As a substitute for Angostura bitters, the Prospector calls for a bone-dry sherry for depth. Perfect for chilly winter weather that demands the comfort of a cashmere sweater and a stiff drink.
If all you want to taste in your Martini is juniper-heavy gin or crisp, slatey vodka, then you want a Dry Martini. Made with just a whisper of dry vermouth, this is a purist’s drink. It’s about as close as you can get to drinking a spirit straight while still being able to call it a cocktail.