A true Manhattan is all about balance—in this case, robust bourbon with weighty, herbal vermouth. Want to get a little more creative? Other low-alcohol elements can work well, too. In place of the vermouth, try oloroso sherry, ruby port (garnish with a lemon twist instead of orange), or even medium-bodied amari (Italian herbal liqueurs; with these, try a grapefruit twist). —Carey Jones
Test Kitchen Notes
This recipe will be featured in the story 3 Riffs on the Manhattan, the Classiest of Classic Cocktails, sponsored by Diageo. BULLEIT Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. 45% Alc/Vol. The Bulleit Distilling Co., Louisville, KY. —The Editors
Orange twist (for garnish)
Brandied or maraschino cherry (for garnish)
In This Recipe
Combine ingredients in mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a large orange twist and a brandied cherry.