Red vermouth and Raspberry Manhattan cocktail!
One cocktail that is always on the menu in our house is the venerable Manhattan. It’s a cocktail made with rye whiskey, vermouth and a dash of bitters. The small ingredient list may make this sound like a really simple cocktail, but in reality, this just makes putting really good ingredients into your drink even more important.
One of the biggest differences between a good Manhattan and a bad Manhattan is the vermouth. Likewise, the vermouth adds a rich complexity and a hit of sweetness to bring balance to the cocktail.
When we were given a bottle of La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge to review, one of the first things we knew we were going to make was a Manhattan. In this case, The Royal Raspberry, made with raspberry infused rye and La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge.
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The La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge is a delicious French vermouth crafted in the Cognac region of France. It’s from a blend of white wines and a red Pineau de Charentes and a blend of 28 plants and spices. La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge takes is name from Jean Baptiste de La Quintinye. He was the royal botanist at the Versailles palace for King Louis XIV, who was renowned for his amazing kitchen gardens, from which the royal chefs prepared the meals for the royal court.
The La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge embraces its royal pedigree. They use a blend of wines from old world vines and a traditional plants and spices that would have been found in the royal gardens of Versailles.
The vermouth is aged for almost a year in French oak barrels to fully blend and mature the flavors. La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge has a rich blend of caramel, roasted vanilla, licorice, prune and a hint of dark chocolate.
What Flavors Would We use?
After tasting the La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge, we decided that its rich complex flavors would work well with a sweet berry or stone fruit. We had a batch of red raspberries that we had used for making our Hatch Chile and Raspberry Moscow Mules. So, we figured those raspberries would mix well with the chocolate notes and warm spices of the vermouth, too.
We decided to infuse some rye whiskey with the raspberries, which would impart a subtle raspberry sweet tartness to the whiskey while keeping the spicy bite of the rye whiskey.
How did We Make Our Manhattan?
We made the Royal Raspberry by mixing our raspberry infused rye whiskey with the La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge. Then we added a couple dashes of cherry bitters. Likewise, then stirred this cocktail over cracked ice to chill it down to the perfect sipping temperature and then strained it into a chilled cocktail coupe.
It is important to stir this drink rather than shake it, so the drink stays clear and silky smooth.
The raspberry infused rye paired up really well with the La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge, the sweet hint of raspberry and caramel of the rye blending perfectly. It pairs well with the sweet herbal and chocolate notes of the vermouth. A few dashes of cherry bitters gives a little nod to the traditional garnish of a cherry, while adding a little more fruit tartness.
This is a great boozy cocktail that is bold yet smooth, great for sipping! Cheers!
Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
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Raspberry Infused Rye
- 1 cup rye whiskey
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 oz La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge
- 4 dashes cherry bitters
- 2 oz raspberry infused rye whiskey
For the Royal Raspberry
Place ice into a cocktail coupe or martini glass to chill the glass.
In a mixing glass add rye, vermouth and bitters.
Add cracked ice to the mixing glass.
Stir for 30-40 seconds.
Dump ice from the cocktail coupe.
Strain drink into the chilled coupe.
For the Raspberry Infused Rye
Add whiskey and raspberries into a sealed container.
Let berries infuse into the whiskey for 4-5 days, gently shaking the container once a day.
When ready to serve, gently muddle the berries to release any remaining juices.
Strain and make your cocktail!
Luminarc Barcraft Coupe Cocktail (Set of 4), 5.5 oz, Clear
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Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters 5oz
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 1.5g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g
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