Category: Manhattan recipes

Black Manhattan, featuring Catoctin Creek Distilling Co.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1/2 oz Amaro, such as Cynar
1/2 oz sweet Vermouth, such as Noilly Prat, or Flying Fox Vineyards
2-3 dashes of Chocolate bitters
Garnish – Luxardo cheery

Combine all ingredients over ice, stir, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry. Enjoy!

The Highlander, featuring Virginia Distillery Company

The Highlander is an extension of the Manhattan concept, but with a more complex flavor profile. Subtle notes of honey and citrus make this a smooth sipper.

1 oz. Virginia Highland Whisky, by Virginia Distillery Company
1 oz. Calvados
0.5 oz. Lillet Blanc
0.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
0.25 oz. Averna
0.25 oz. Cardamaro
2 Dashes of Orange Bitters

Torrence Swain of Bourbon Steak
2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Rye in Sorrow, featuring Catoctin Creek Distillery

This is a bitter sweet take on the classic Manhattan. It’s boozey with a bitter bite that has a touch of sweetness which balances out to be the perfect evening beverage on a cool fall or summer night. Or any night for that matter. If you like classics such as the Manhattan, this should be right up your alley.

Chilled coupe glass
1 1/2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Dolin Rouge Vermouth
1/2 oz Cynar
1 dash bokers bitters

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Add cracked ice and stir for up to 12 seconds or until you feel the ice start to release and the drink is diluted enough but not too watered down. Strain this into your coupe glass and garnish with the twist of a lemon. You can enjoy this drink on the rocks if you wish.

Paul Kirk of Rappahannock Restaurant
320 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219

Lower East Side, featuring A Smith Bowman

The lower east side is the more Southern neighborhood of Manhattan. This is a little Southern bar’s take on Manhattan.

2 oz. Bowman Brothers Virginia Straight Bourbon
3/4 oz Galliano
A few drops of cherry-infused Cointreau.

Shake vigorously, strain into chilled martini glass. Add Cointreau-macerated cherry.

Michael Rodi of Rapture
303 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Port Jefferson, featuring James River Distillery

This is our take on a sweet Manhattan. It is named after Thomas Jefferson and the port of Jefferson in Long Island.

2oz of VA Distillery whiskey in shaker,
.75oz of port wine, .75 of herring luxardo.

Build ingredients in a shaker and shake on ice. Serve in a martini glass. Garnish with brandy cherries and orange slice.

Marc Hunt of Rocksalt
2075 Bond Street STE 180
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Rock Fight, featuring KO Distillery

KO Distillery’s Bare Knuckle Wheat Whiskey is ready for a fight. Recalling one of the civil war’s epic battles in Manassas; the soldiers continued fighting despite running out of bullets.

2 oz KO Wheat Whiskey
1 oz Antica Torino Rosso
2 dashes of Baked Apple Bitters

Combine Whiskey and Vermouth in a mixing glass full of ice. Stir and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add two dashes of Baked Apple Bitters and garnish with a Luxardo Cherry on a saber.

Matt Perkins of Magnolias at the Mill
198 north 21st street

Nelson, Virginia Distillery Company

Virginia Distillery is located in Nelson County, so I liked it for this boozy drink. Great before or after dinner drink.

1 oz. VA Distillery Highland Malt
1 oz. Cardamaro
1 oz. Broadbent ‘Rainwater’ Madeira dropper
Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters

Add ingredients to mixing glass, then 1 scoop of ice, stir 20 seconds. Strain over large ice cube in Old Fashioned glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Beth Dixon of Pasture
416 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA

Mason-Dixon Manhattan, featuring Catoctin Creek

A nod to the classic Manhattan with a southern twist. A wonderful cocktail to pair with traditional hors d’oeuvres or appetizer course.  

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz Grand Marnier Cordon Rogue
1/4 oz Broadbent Rainwater Madeira
1 wedge of orange
1 wedge of lemon

Build all spirits in a mixing glass. Squeeze and drop in both lemon and orange wedges. Add ice and stir well. Strain into a martini glass or coupe. Express oil of an orange twist into glass and/or onto the rim of glass and use twist as garnish.

Matt Billingsley of Postbellum
1323 W. Main St. Richmond, VA 23220