The Black Manhattan is one of my new favourite drinks. If you are a cocktail person, you are most likely familiar with a classic Manhattan. If you are not a cocktail person a classic Manhattan is Rye, Sweet Vermouth & Bitters. It’s a very boozy drink, but absolutely delicious. I love a classic Manhattan, but I have to say, lately I’ve definitely been preferring a Black Manhattan.
So what’s the difference between a regular classic Manhattan & the Black Manhattan?
As you can see, the only difference is swapping the vermouth for Averna. As far as ingredients go, these drinks are VERY similar. That said, don’t let it fool you, the flavour profile is completely different. Aside from the dark complexion, the Averna gives the drink a more herbal/medicinal feel – but in a good way. I like to make mine with a hint of sweetness ( I add a spoonful of Maraschino syrup).
2 oz Rye Whiskey (You can substitute with Bourbon but traditionally a Rye).
1 oz Averna Amaro
2-3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1 barspoon Luxardo Cherry Maraschino Syrup
*Garnish with 3 Luxardo Cherries.
Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir for 20 seconds. Strain into coupe glass. Garnish with 3 cherries. Enjoy.
This drink will go down fast and smooth. Don’t let that fool you. It is a boozy one. Take your time, enjoy it. That said, if it goes down too fast – no worries, make yourself another one…after all it’s only a few ingredients!