Manhattan Transfer

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The Manhattan Transfer is a modern riff on the classic Manhattan cocktail, crafted at the renowned Death & Co, in 2008, by bartender Phil Ward.

The Manhattan Transfer can be seen as a bold variation on the Dry Manhattan, adding a twist that elevates the sensory experience. While the Dry Manhattan relies on the interplay between rye whiskey and vermouth, the Transfer introduces the complex notes of Ramazzotti amaro and orange bitters. This ingenious combination not only pays homage to the original but also introduces a layer of depth and complexity that sets it apart as a modern classic.

In the vibrant landscape of New York City’s cocktail culture, Phil Ward emerged as a trailblazer with a vision to push the boundaries of mixology. This cocktail is a testament to Ward’s innovative spirit, as he dared to reimagine the iconic Manhattan cocktail. Ward’s background as a bartender at Death & Co, a revered establishment in the heart of the East Village, provided the ideal canvas for him to experiment and create.

The legacy of the Manhattan Transfer was further solidified when it found a place in the pages of “Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails”, a seminal cocktail book released by the establishment in 2014. This compendium of cocktails, techniques, and insights has become a revered resource for mixologists worldwide, and the inclusion of the Manhattan Transfer speaks to its significance in the evolution of modern mixology.

To truly appreciate the Manhattan Transfer, one must dissect its components. At its core, the drink adheres to the classic pairing of rye whiskey and dry vermouth, laying the foundation for a robust and spirited cocktail. However, it is the addition of Ramazzotti amaro that adds a layer of bitterness and herbal complexity, creating a bridge between the sweet and the savory.

The role of orange bitters in this cocktail is equally pivotal. Acting as a subtle yet transformative element, the orange bitters contribute citrusy undertones that provide balance to the richness of the other ingredients.

Manhattan Transfer Recipe

  1. 45 ml rye whiskey

  2. 30 ml dry vermouth

  3. 30 ml Ramazzotti

  4. 1 dash orange bitters

  5. Ice

  6. Garnish: Luxardo maraschino cherry or orange twist

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How to Make a Manhattan Transfer

  1. Add the rye whiskey, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and Ramazzotti into a mixing glass.

  2. Add ice and stir for 10-12 seconds. until chilled.

  3. Strain into a coupe glass.

  4. Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry or orange twist.