Elderflower Manhattan

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The Manhattan, a venerable classic among cocktails, typically features bourbon or rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and aromatic bitters. However, the Elderflower Manhattan breathes new life into this iconic cocktail by introducing elderflower liqueur into the mix. This twist offers a tantalizing burst of floral notes that interplay with the deep, rich flavors of the bourbon. The result is a cocktail that is both sophisticated and refreshing, perfect for both seasoned cocktail enthusiasts and newcomers to the art of mixology.

The Elderflower Manhattan, like the Reverse Manhattan, is essentially a riff on the classic Manhattan. Instead of sweet vermouth, the elderflower liqueur takes center stage, offering a sweeter and more floral profile that transforms the drink into something altogether unique.

One of the defining characteristics of the Elderflower Manhattan is its captivating aroma. The elderflower liqueur imparts a scent of a fragrant, floral bouquet enticingly above the glass, enticing the senses with its alluring charm. This aroma serves as a prelude to the flavor experience that follows, inviting the drinker to savor every sip.

The Elderflower Manhattan’s unique combination of flavors and its alluring aroma make it a versatile cocktail. It can be enjoyed on a warm summer evening, where its refreshing qualities shine through, or as a cozy fireside sipper during the winter months when its warmth provides comfort. This Manhattan riff is a testament to the cocktail’s ability to bridge the gap between the traditional and the contemporary, much like other variations from which it draws inspiration.

Elderflower Manhattan Recipe

  1. 60 ml Bourbon

  2. 30 ml St. Germain

  3. 15 ml dry vermouth

  4. 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  5. Garnish: lemon twist

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How to Make an Elderflower Manhattan

  1. Add the Bourbon, St. Germain, dry vermouth, and Angostura bitters into a mixing glass.

  2. Add ice and stir, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a martini or coupe glass.

  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.