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Author Notes: 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
Food52 Review: 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
Makes one cocktail
- 1 ounce Bulleit bourbon
- 0.5 ounces sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes bitters
- Orange twist (for garnish)
- Brandied or maraschino cherry (for garnish)
- 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.
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