Black Manhattan

Bourbon, Amaro, Bitters, Maraschino cherry
2ozBourbon (or rye)
1ozAmaro, Averna
1dsBitters, Angostura
1 Maraschino cherry (as garnish)
Stir, strain, straight up, cocktail glass, garnish.
Original calls for Bourbon. Washington Post variation calls for rye, plus a dash of Regan's Orange bitters.
Cocktail summary
Created byBourbon & Branch, San Francisco, CA
AuthenticityAuthentic recipe
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Dan on 06/06/2010


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

Dan's picture

The "Manhattan (Bitter)" created by Chris Amirault of 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.

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

From other users

Made with Averna, Angostura, and cardamom bitters. Much drier than a normal Manhattan, quite good (3 stars)
Buffalo Trace, regular Angostura. Excellent (4 stars)
Pretty good. Nice flavors, but borderline too sweet. Might be better with less Averna or some lemon to balance it. (3 stars)

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