Holiday Manhattan

December 11, 2012

Author Notes: We recently had dinner at the home of some friends. I asked if I could bring anything, and my friend, who had heard that I enjoyed making cocktails, wondered if I had any fun Christmas cocktails up my sleeve. Although I have never had a classic Manhattan -- I’m a dark spirit late bloomer and usually drink it neat -- I love bourbon and this is what I came up with. Like any good Manhattan, as written it is a little boozy, but can be mellowed out with the addition of ice cubes in your glass and/or topped with club soda It is lovely at the end of a long day. gingerroot

Food52 Review: I thought this was a yummy and surprising twist on a Manhattan. Both my husband and I really enjoyed it. You don't usually see bourbon and dry vermouth together, but the sweet tang of the pomegranate molasses and the bitters helped to marry bourbon's sweet oak with the more vegetal vermouth flavors (I used Bulleit Bourbon and Dolin Dry) making for a complex cocktail that was still easy drinking.fiveandspice

Serves: 1


  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate arils (and any juice that may have accumulated when removing them)
  • 2 ounces good bourbon
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
  • 3 drops Bittercube Jamaican #1 bitters
  • Ice
  • twist of lemon
  • club soda (optional)
In This Recipe


  1. Muddle pomegranate arils in a shaker. This is mostly for color.
  2. Add bourbon, dry vermouth, pomegranate molasses, and bitters. Throw in a few ice cubes. Shake vigorously until shaker is cold and frosty.
  3. Strain into your glass of choice, add lemon twist (and ice and/or club soda, if desired), and enjoy. Repeat.

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