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Apple Cider is one of our favorite parts of fall, and it is great combined in this twist on the classic cocktail! We love Manhattan cocktail variations like this Apple Manhattan!
Every year we take a trip down to Nebraska City to one of of our local orchards where we meet the grandparents and let the boys explore the orchard and pick their own apples. We make a day of it, eating lunch in the apple barn where they sort the apples fresh from the trees into bags and pass a bunch onto the cider presses.
Apple Cider Manhattan
Seeing the sorting process and cider presses in action are always a highlight of the trip. We can try the cider just minutes after being bottled. Having fresh cider in our house always inspires new cocktails, one of which is the Apple Cider Manhattan, a classic combination of apple cider and whiskey together.
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What are the Flavors in this Apple Cider Manhattan?
The Apple Cider Manhattan is a fun fall twist on the classic Manhattan, adding in some of that fresh apple cider we had seen being pressed at Kimmel Orchard in Nebraska City just hours before. The apple cider adds a sweet tart fall flavor to the cocktail, a flavor that works really well with the whiskey we used. The apple cider also adds a nice caramel color that makes for a very attractive drink.
Manhattan Cocktail Ingredients
- sweet vermouth
- lemon juice
- apple cider
- simple syrup
What’s the Difference Between a Manhattan and an Old Fashioned?
We stayed true to the original Manhattan by adding in a bit of sweet vermouth, which adds a nice complex herbal note and slight hint of bitterness. The vermouth pulls out some of the spice notes in the whiskey, which is probably why the folks who originally mixed up the Manhattan paired these two spirits up!
Making the Perfect Manhattan Cocktail
So, most Manhattan cocktails use rye as the base spirit, but I chose to use what might be my favorite, Cut Spike Single Malt, a very smooth whiskey that just happens to be distilled locally. Cut Spike has hints of a fine scotch (but since it is distilled in the US, can’t be called scotch) that really popped with the apple cider, the hints of oak and toffee partnering up with the sweet tart of the cider very nicely.
If You Are Looking for More Cocktails with Bitters, Try These!
- Pine Old Fashioned
- Ginger Clementine Old Fashioned
- Brandied Chocolate Manhattan
- Whiskey Lush
- Fired Peach Old Fashioned
- Maple Old Fashioned
- Polyjuice Potion
- Autumn Pear
The Perfect Manhattan Drink
This whiskey is a very smooth spirit, which makes this Apple Cider Manhattan a smooth sipper, perfect for a cool fall evening by a fire. Also, make sure to check out another cider cocktail, the Apple Cider Sidecar!
Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
Other Manhattan Cocktails
- Barrel Aged Bourbon Manhattan – Home & Plate
- Classic Manhattan – Ted Allen, Food Network
- Rye Manhattan – Bulleit Bourbon
- Chambord Manhattan – The Daily Meal
- Nueva New York – Ave Styles
Other Apple Cider Cocktails
- The Clove and Cider – The Gastronom
- Poisoned Apple Cider – The 5’oclock Chef
- Bourbon Apple Cider – I’m Bored, Let’s Go…
- Bourbon Ginger Cider – Plays Well With Butter
- Apple Cider Cocktail – Williams Sonoma
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- .50 oz simple syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1.50 oz fresh apple cider
- .50 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- .75 oz sweet vermouth
- 1.50 oz whiskey or rye
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice.
Stir to mix and chill.
Strain into a chilled coupe.
Garnish with a brandied cherry.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 12mg Carbohydrates: 18.5g Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 6g Protein: 0.1g
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