Tag: Manhattan recipes

Cinn-A-Mint Julep, Featuring Ragged Branch Distillery

We love a good Mint Julep around here for sure, but this holiday twist is just as nice. Deck the halls and have yourself one, (or more).

2oz Ragged Branch Bourbon
1/2oz Cinnamon Clove Simple Syrup*
5 Large Mint Leaves 
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Club Soda

*Cinnamon Clove Simple Syrup
Combine: 1/2 cup Sugar In The Raw, 1/2 cup water, 1 cinnamon stick, and 5 whole cloves in a sauce pan. Simmer for 5 minutes, (be sure all sugar is dissolved). Let spices sit in hot syrup until it is cooled, and then remove.

Add all ingredients to a shaking tin full of ice and shake hard for 17 seconds
Double Strain over crushed ice, (in a copper mug if you have one)
Fresh mint to garnish

Josh Rossiter of Ragged Branch Bourbon
1015 Taylor’s Gap Rd. Charlottesville, V.A. 22903

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