French Manhattan | Cocktail Party

French Manhattan

French Manhattan cocktail with cognac, sweet vermouth, orange curaçao, and orange bitters

The classic Manhattan may well be the most-riffed-upon cocktail in history – and for good reason! The recipe’s simplicity and balance lends itself well to substitutions and twists, and this French Manhattan is one of our favorites.

It’s definitely sweeter than a typical Manhattan, with an orange curaçao like Grand Marnier (or a triple sec like Cointreau, in a pinch) offering an extra dimension of citrus fragrance. It’s smoother, too, with cognac bringing a more muted woodiness than bourbon or rye.

Ingredients

Instructions

Stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Drop a brandied cherry in the glass.

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