Snow may be keeping us indoors more than we prefer and single digit temps are trying to chill us to the bone, but I have whiskey in my glass to help keep me warm.  I’m drinking a variation on the classic Manhattan and it’s a great cocktail for a “snowed in” happy hour.

The List:

  • 3 oz of whiskey
  • ¾ oz of sweet vermouth
  • ¼ oz walnut liqueur
  • 3 dashes of walnut bitters
  • Cherry for garnish

Being a classic, there is often discussion on the purist view of the recipe.  In this case, let’s just bypass all of that by adding walnut for a unique flavor profile in the iconic drink.  The walnut liqueur is substituting for some of the sweet vermouth and a little will go a long way.  The walnut style bitters in place of the angostura helps keep our flavor on point.

The Moves:

  • Combine the liquors and bitters in a shaker
  • Add ice and stir gently
  • Garnish a chilled martini glass with a cherry
  • Strain the Manhattan over the cherry

I hope you try one of these tomorrow after work or over the weekend!


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