Black Manhattan

2 oz Bourbon (or rye)
1 oz Averna
1 ds Bitters, Angostura
1   Maraschino cherry (as garnish)
Instructions
Stir, strain, straight up, cocktail glass, garnish.
History
Original calls for Bourbon. Washington Post variation calls for rye, plus a dash of Regan's Orange bitters.
From other users
  • Pretty good. Nice flavors, but borderline too sweet. Might be better with less Averna or some lemon to balance it. — ☆☆☆
  • Buffalo Trace, regular Angostura. Excellent — ☆☆☆☆
  • Made with Averna, Angostura, and cardamom bitters. Much drier than a normal Manhattan, quite good — ☆☆☆
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4 Comments

The "Manhattan (Bitter)"

The "Manhattan (Bitter)" created by Chris Amirault of eGullet.org is essentially the same as this (more authoritative) cocktail by Phil Ward. Chris's version used two dashes of Angostura Orange bitters in lieu of the regular Angostura bitters, and an orange twist.

A variation that sat nicely

A variation that sat nicely with me:

2.25 oz Maker's
.75 oz Cynar
Stir & strain.
Add the following to finish:
2 ds Angostura Orange Bitters
3 ds Peychaud's

I found that adding a couple

I found that adding a couple of dashes of Scrappy's Cardamom Bitters (as well as Angostura) further enhanced the complexity of this drink

I've been making my version

I've been making my version of this with the bittermens xocolatl mole bitters - the little bit of chocolate plays to the strengths of this sweeter Manhattan.