Switch your whiskey out for the Irish variety for a simple twist on the classic Manhattan. Enjoy this drink for happy hour when you want a nice, relaxing sipper. It also makes an enjoyable dinner cocktail, whether as an aperitif or during the meal. If you are planning an Irish dinner menu, it's a perfect choice.
Gather the ingredients.
In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
Garnish with a cherry. Serve and enjoy.
- The bitters are undefined in this recipe, so it's open to interpretation. Angostura Aromatic Bitters are a natural choice for any Manhattan. You'll also find that Regans Orange Bitters No. 6 adds an interesting citrus note that's enjoyable as well.
- For the cherry, try to avoid the neon red maraschinos that are so common. They're actually bleached and dyed that color, so they're as far away from "natural" as a cherry can get. It may only be a garnish, but it can ruin an otherwise perfect cocktail.
- Instead, look for real maraschinos soaking in maraschino liqueur or brandy, make your own maraschinos, or switch to an orange twist garnish.
- As with any Manhattan-inspired cocktail, adjust the whiskey to vermouth ratio to suit your taste. You might enjoy a little more sweet vermouth or just a hint of it.
- Serve this drink on the rocks if you prefer. Typically, a whiskey drink such as this is best with a single large piece of ice (e.g., an ice ball). These tend to dilute very slowly and will let you enjoy the full taste of the cocktail in a slightly chilled form.
- You can also make a "perfect" Irish Manhattan. Simply split the sweet vermouth in half and make up the difference with dry vermouth.
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