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Elevate Your Spirits with a Black Manhattan: A Bold Twist on a Classic Cocktail

Welcome, cocktail enthusiasts! Today, we embark on a journey to elevate your mixology skills with a twist on a classic favorite – the Black Manhattan. This sophisticated libation takes the iconic Manhattan to new heights, combining traditional elements with a modern touch that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

Background: The Manhattan, a timeless cocktail born in the heart of New York City, traditionally blends rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and a dash of Angostura bitters. The Black Manhattan pays homage to this classic by introducing the complex and rich flavors of amaro, creating a drink that is both bold and alluring.

Ingredients: To craft your Black Manhattan, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 oz rye whiskey

  • 1 oz Averna amaro

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Orange peel for garnish


  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.

  2. Add the rye whiskey, Averna amaro, and Angostura bitters to the glass.

  3. Stir the mixture well to chill and dilute the ingredients, about 20-30 seconds.

  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled rocks glass over a large ice cube.

  5. Express the oils from an orange peel over the drink by holding it over the glass and giving it a twist.

  6. Drop the peel into the glass as a garnish.

The Flavor Experience: The Black Manhattan offers a delightful marriage of the spiciness from the rye whiskey, the sweetness of the Averna amaro, and the aromatic complexity of the Angostura bitters. This concoction presents a robust and velvety profile that evolves with each sip.

Pairing Suggestions: The Black Manhattan pairs exceptionally well with strong cheeses, dark chocolate, or a charcuterie board. Consider sipping it alongside rich, savory dishes for a well-rounded culinary experience.

Closing Thoughts: In the world of cocktails, the Black Manhattan stands as a testament to the artistry of mixology. Its deep, mysterious allure and complex flavor profile make it a favorite among those who appreciate the finer things in life. So, the next time you're craving a classic with a contemporary twist, indulge in the bold sophistication of a Black Manhattan.

Experiment, savor, and most importantly, enjoy responsibly!

Cheers Rusty.

Watch how to make it below

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