Black Manhattan

Black Manhattan
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In the world of mixology, the Black Manhattan stands tall as a classic cocktail that combines the richness of rye whiskey with the depth of herbal liqueurs such as the Amaro Averna, Angostura bitters, and orange bitters.

While the Black Manhattan may not be attributed to a single inventor, the cocktail gained widespread recognition and popularity through the work of renowned mixologist Todd Smith. Smith, a master of his craft, was known for his innovative approach to cocktail creation and his ability to balance flavors harmoniously. In 2005, during his work at the Bourbon & Branch cocktail bar, in San Fransisco Smith perfected the classic recipe and introduced the Black Manhattan to the world.

Beyond its taste, the Black Manhattan represents the spirit of innovation and reinvention that characterizes mixology. It serves as a testament to the creativity and artistry of bartenders who continue to push boundaries and experiment with new flavors, ensuring that the world of cocktails remains dynamic and exciting.

Black Manhattan Recipe

  1. 60 ml rye whiskey

  2. 30 ml Amaro Averna

  3. 1 dash Angostura bitters

  4. 1 dash of orange bitters

  5. Ice

  6. Garnish: Luxardo cherry

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How to Make a Black Manhattan

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice, and add the rye whiskey, Amaro Averna, Angostura bitters, and orange bitters.

  2. Stir for 5-10 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a cocktail glass.

  4. Garnish with Luxardo cherry and serve.

Amaro Averna Substitutes

Here are the 5 best Amaro Averna substitutes If you don’t have Amaro Averna at home :

  1. Ramazzotti Liqueur.

  2. Amaro Montenegro.

  3. Amaro Meletti.

  4. Amaro Lucano

  5. Amaro Nonino