Bittersweet Manhattan

My husband has been making terrific Manhattans for years.  He recently began experimenting with different brands and bitters.  The orange bitters have this wonderful orange peel and clove aroma that is intoxicating.

Makes one large drink, or two dainty ones.

  • 3 oz. Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Italian sweet vermouth
  • 2 generous dashes West Indian Orange Bitters, we used Fee Brothers
  • Maraschino cherries with stems

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.  Stir to chill, do not shake.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry.


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I am a mother of two boys, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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3 Responses to Bittersweet Manhattan

  1. Harley says:

    The bourbon is also intoxicating…

  2. Mandy says:

    I made these last night and they were a BIG hit. Yum! I also saw rhubarb bitters at the liquor store and was fascinated. I wonder if that would work. I’m now on a leisurely mission to find a cocktail that calls for rhubarb bitters.
    Thank you Cowans for making all of my entertaining endeavors successful!

    • Carrie says:

      So glad the Manhattans were a hit. Rhubarb bitters + strawberry syrup + Moscato or Cava? It’s a fun challenge to think about. Thanks Mandy!

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