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.
- 1½ parts Rye whiskey or Bourbon
- 1 part Dry vermouth
- 1 part Amaro
- 1 dash Orange bitters
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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