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A chocolate version of a classic Manhattan recipe with our brandied cherries.
We always are fans of the classics and the folks over at Cut Spike Distillery mentioned on Twitter that they were obsessing about Manhattans. They wanted another recipe to try, and of course it prompted us to finish up our experimentation on this twist of the classic Manhattan. Invented in the 1870s at the Manhattan Club in New York, this chocolate Manhattan is typical of the cocktails from this period that were plenty boozy and not overly sweet. Try out a SaloonBox cocktail subscription!
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Typically made with an American whiskey and Italian vermouth with a splash of bitters the Manhattan is one of those drinks your grandfather grew up drinking. There are a couple of variations that use different alcohols as the base, one of which is the Brandy Manhattan.
Typically found up in the bars of the lake country of Wisconsin and Minnesota, the Brandy Manhattan is a sweeter version that cuts out the whiskey making the drink a fruitier version of the cocktail.
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Mr. Nom tried one of the “North Woods” Manhattans but missed the bite of the whiskey. He enjoyed the additional fruitiness the brandy brought to the drink and wondered what might happen if we combined the brandy and the whiskey into a Manhattan.
What Ingredients are Needed for the Chocolate Brandied Manhattan?
- Brandied Cherries
- Chocolate Bitters
- Sweet Vermouth
We often use our friends as guinea pigs for recipe testing and Mr. Nom tried a variation a few months ago that added honey brandy to the mix. This then got a favorable reaction from most of them, so we knew we were on the right path, and it felt like it was missing something. We tried on and off again over the last few months and didn’t quite hit on the perfect combination (hard to believe, but we do have lots of misses that we don’t share with you!)
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We added the chocolate bitters to our classic Manhattan recipe and addition of the dark chocolate just the right amount of rich deep sweetness to make the drink come alive.
What Kind of Cherries to use in a Manhattan?
Combining the sweet vermouth and brandied cherry with the awesome single malt whiskey and the rich deep chocolate flavor from the bitters takes this twist on a classic cocktail and makes it a real winner! Mix in a Mixing Glass and with a bar spoon. The cherries to use are Maraschinos made with sour Marasca cherries, not the bright red cherries you find at the supermarket!
What is a Dry Manhattan?
A dry Manhattan means using dry vermouth instead of sweet. This cocktail is not that, but we wanted to explain the difference.
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- .75 oz brandy
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 3 dashes chocolate bitters
- 2 brandied cherries
- 1.75 oz whiskey
Add ice into a mixing glass and add whiskey.brandy, vermouth and chocolate bitters.
Stir. Place one brandied cherry into the bottom of a coupe or martini glass.
Strain into the glass and garnish with the other cherry.
Libbey Speakeasy Coupe Glass 7 oz - 4 Pack w/ Pourer
Luxardo, Gourmet Cocktail Maraschino Cherries 400G Jar
WOODFORD RESERVE Chocolate Bitters (2oz)
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 0.9g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0.1g Protein: 0g
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