Noble Experiment

Entrepreneur. Cocktail and spirit champion. Old world wine provocateur.

Manhattan Cocktail

Ok, so everyone out there surely knows something about the Manhattan cocktail or has some recipe for it. I find it to be one of the most delicious and most versatile cocktails in my repertoire and one that I am constantly tweaking. Swap in new bitters, some obscure Italian amaro, a new vermouth and you have subtly different and gloriously complex variations on the classic.

My go-to ratio for Manhattans (and martinis) is 2:1 spirit to vermouth, plus a dash of bitters. I feel confident in that ratio and I’m happy with the results. That being said, it is a ratio that can be easily redistributed with glowing results. Use equal parts sweet vermouth and spirit and you’ll get great results. You can swap the ratio to 2 parts vermouth and one part spirit and get great results. Again, it’s very versatile.

With all that being said, if you were to sit at my bar tonight and order a Manhattan, what you would get is a cocktail with Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Ramazotti, Rothman and Winter Orchard Cherry Liqueur, and Black Walnut Bitters. This variation brings up the cherry notes a little bit while maintaining the sweet/bitter balance with the use of Ramazotti. I like the black walnut bitters in place of a more classic Angostura because you get the depth of flavor without the clove, allspice and cinnamon notes. For your mixing pleasure, here is the recipe.


2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon

1 oz Dolin Rouge Vermouth

1/2 oz Rothman and Winter Orchard Cherry

1/4 oz Ramazotti

2 Dashes Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

Combine all these ingredients and stir to combine. Strain into a glass and garnish with a cherry.


One comment on “Manhattan Cocktail

  1. Karen K
    September 8, 2013

    I have not tried this Manhattan, but I recently enjoyed a cocktail of Batch 206 whiskey, Benedictine, Campari and the Fee Black Walnut Bitters. It was delicious.

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