Quick and Easy

Session Manhattan

May 16, 2018
2 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

For most drinkers, classic cocktails serve as craving benchmarks. When it’s sweater weather and you’ve got whiskey on the brain? Make it a Manhattan. When you’re roasting in the midsummer sun and in desperate need of refreshment? Send margaritas. The trouble is, our benchmarks tend to clock in above the mark where they can reasonably be dubbed sessionable. The good news is they can easily be altered to bring down the ABV while still preserving the flavor profiles that made these drinks classics in the first place.

Excerpted from Session Cocktails: Low-Alcohol Drinks for Any Occasion © 2018 by Drew Lazor. Reproduced by permission of Ten Speed Press. All rights reserved. —Food52

What You'll Need
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth 
  • 3/4 ounce rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce amontillado sherry
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  1. Put all the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, and stir until chilled. Strain into a coupe, then garnish with a lemon twist. 

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