Whiskey and sake come together with a hint of ginger to create the Manhattan love story. It's an intriguing new take on the traditional Manhattan and is a wonderful marriage of flavors.
In this recipe from Tuthilltown Spirits, a premium New York whiskey is allowed to shine in all its artisanal glory. Sake takes over as the modifier role that vermouth typically plays in the Manhattan and the ginger liqueur gives it a sweet and spicy undertone. It's an engaging drink and one that would make an excellent dinner companion, no matter what's on the menu.
Gather the ingredients.
In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the whiskey, sake, ginger liqueur, and bitters.
Garnish with an orange peel.
Serve and enjoy!
- Tuthilltown Spirits has a diverse portfolio of whiskeys worth exploring. Originally, this recipe called for their New York Whiskey, which is no longer produced. Good options for this cocktail within their Hudson label include the Manhattan Rye Whiskey, Baby Bourbon, and Four Grain Bourbon.
- Dry sake is best in this cocktail rather than a sweet one. If a label doesn't include either word, look for the Sake Meter Value (SMV), which is typically always there. A positive SMV value (as opposed to one represented by negative numbers) indicates a dry sake. Those with an SMV of +10 to +15 are going to be very dry.
- For the ginger liqueur, Domaine de Canton is a popular and readily available choice. You might also want to try The King's Ginger or the ginger spirits from Barrow's, Koval, New Deal, or Fruitlab.
- Typically, an "orange peel" garnish is simply a 2-inch long piece that's about 1 inch wide, though an elegant orange twist works, too.
- If you want to get really fancy, flame the peel by squeezing it (peel facing the cocktail) over the glass while holding a lit lighter or match. When the oils squirt out, you'll witness a small fireball.
Pour any whiskey you like in this cocktail; bourbons and rye whiskeys would be preferred. Make sure it's a premium brand similar in quality to Hudson.
How Strong Is a Manhattan Love Story?
Just like any Manhattan, this cocktail is not a light drink in any sense. Not only is it bursting with flavor, but it also has a rather high alcohol content. Though it will vary based on what you pour for each ingredient, the Manhattan love story should weigh in somewhere around 28 percent ABV (56 proof). That's over half the strength of a typical shot of straight whiskey.