We’re big fans of Manhattan-spec cocktails made with amaro; the simple template is a perfect way to appreciate the complex herbal flavors of a quality digestif.
Phil Ward’s Manhattan Transfer is perhaps the best in class, with dry vermouth taking the place fo the classic sweet and allowing for a greater focus on the amaro.
Ward calls for Ramazotti, an amaro with cola and orange flavors. Meletti, Montenegro, Lucano, or Averna would all do well as substitutes.
Stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Ward serves his without a garnish, but a cherry or orange twist wouldn’t be unwelcome.
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