A classic Manhattan drink made with Baby Bourbon
The Manhattan is a classic, American cocktail. It was invented, as you can guess, in New York City. The original Manhattan recipe called for rye, vermouth and bitters. It is a potent drink that seems to ride waves of popularity every time our nation experiences dark days.
This Manhattan recipe from Chef Annette Tomei strays slightly from the original in that it features Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Baby Bourbon. It is a drink she created with some of her spirits industry counterparts back in her days as an instructor at Manhattan’s French Culinary Institute.
Annette defends her choice to make her Manhattan drink with an alternate to rye for the simple reason that Baby Bourbon is her favorite American-made, brown spirit. And since Tuthilltown distills its whiskies in New York’s Hudson River Valley, the choice feels appropriate for a Manhattan girl’s drink.
What is Hudson Baby Bourbon?
Hudson Baby Bourbon is made from the company’s Hudson New York Corn Whiskey. Only the batches are treated to first char American oak barrel aging. The result is a darkly amber whiskey with a pronounced sweetness.
The bitters make it a Manhattan recipe for the Holidays
For her Manhattan recipe, Annette pairs the sweetness of Baby Bourbon with Bittermen’s New England Spiced Cranberry Bitters. The flavor profile of these bitters is complex, since they’re made with a blend of cranberries, vanilla and spice. The result is a medley of Holiday flavors in your mouth. (And of course, the cranberries bring an aphrodisiac twist to the tried and true Manhattan cocktail. Discover what makes cranberries aphrodisiac.) Just one sip and you’ll understand why Annette has dubbed this cocktail a White Christmas in Manhattan.
Add a Sugared Cranberry garnish
Want to take your mixology to the next level? Try adding a garnish of our Sugared Cranberries. Your cocktail skills will be water cooler talk for the next year.
The perfect drink for a snowy night, this cocktail is sure to warm you from head to toe.
- 2 parts Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon
- 1 part White Vermouth (I use Dolan's)
- dash Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry bitters - these regional bitters can be replaced with Peychaud's or Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
- Stir and pour into chilled glass or onto ice (I like mine on the rocks).
- Garnish with a sprinkle of pomegranate arils. You can also add a garnish of a clean bit of fir branch or zest of orange.
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