The Hernandez is a clever low-proof riff on a Manhattan, subbing in vanilla liqueur like Navan or Tuaca for the bourbon or rye. That simple substitution brings out the best of the supporting ingredients, allowing a complex array of vanilla, fig and spice flavors to shine through.
Your vermouth should be very, very fresh for this drink. Vermouth begins to oxidize a couple weeks after it’s opened, imparting a bitter tinfoil-esque flavor.
- 1½ parts Vanilla liqueur
- 1 part Sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes Aromatic bitters or Creole bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry.
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- Hernandez recipe at The Washington Post