Ben's Black Manhattan

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A twist on the Black Manhattan created by bartender Todd Smith while at Bourbon & Branch in SF. This version uses the same Averna amaro, but adds sweetness with Dolin Rouge Vermouth, and herbal complexity with a splash of St. Germain, and a dash of root beer bitters. This cocktail is full bodied with forward notes of chocolate, sarsaparilla, and star anise that really compliment the 100 proof Four Roses Single Barrel bourbon which provides a medium warm and spicy finish. This cocktail makes a great nightcap or digestif. If I’m only having one drink at the end of the day this is one of my favorites.



Build in mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 40 seconds. Strain into chilled coupe glass or split into two small V glasses if sharing as a digestif. Express orange peel over top and drop a cocktail cherry to the bottom. Enjoy.

A Note About Measurements 

The milliliter (ml) is not commonly used in drink recipes. For concentrated bitters a drop or two is all you need, but for less concentrated additives I find one ml to be enough to impact the flavor profile without adding too much volume or dilution. One ml is about ¼ of a teaspoon. I like to use a lab pipet, eye dropper, or medicine cup. A professional bar tender would likely just add a calibrated splash by eye.

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Robert Morrison - December 21, 2020 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Black Manhattan a day makes the pandemic blues go away!

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