|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||23%|
|Total Carbohydrate 75g||27%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 74g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
While it is not really a Manhattan in the traditional sense, the Mile High Manhattan is a loose interpretation of the classic whiskey cocktail made with Maker's Mark. Though there is no vermouth and the recipe resembles its namesake in whiskey alone, it is just as alluring.
The recipe is simple and elegant. The bourbon is accented with the sweet flavor of a vanilla liqueur and rich citrus of Grand Marnier. It's then finished off with a hint of anise. The result is a dynamic drink that has a slight herbal spice to contrast the sweetness.
The trick to this cocktail is to be very gentle with the anise liqueur. Just a few drops will do because it is meant to accentuate the drink much in the way bitters are typically used. It is easy to add too much anise, so take it slow.
2 ounces bourbon whiskey
1/2 ounce vanilla liqueur
1/2 ounce brandy-based orange liqueur
3 or 4 drops anise liqueur
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the whiskey and liqueurs.
Serve and enjoy.
- This drink is best served in a chilled glass. If you don't have one prechilled, place a few ice cubes in the glass while you mix the cocktail, then discard them before straining.
- There are many choices for anise liqueurs. You could use absinthe or any of its substitutes. Pernod and Herbsaint are both excellent options, as are anisette, ouzo, pastis, and sambuca.
- The vanilla liqueur has many options as well. Bols Vanilla is a great choice and there are a few brands that make vanilla schnapps. For a light herbal twist, there's Galliano. Though anise is also a dominant flavor of the L'Autentico formula (the most popular bottle), the brand does make a vanilla liqueur as well. If you want to add a little more citrus to the drink, try Tuaca.
- Just like the Manhattan, you can serve this drink on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass if you prefer.
- Another option for the anise liqueur is to rinse the glass. It's a technique used in classic drinks like the corpse reviver no. 2 where just a hint of absinthe is desired. To do this, pour a small amount of the liqueur in the chilled glass, swirl it around to coat the inside, then dump out any excess.
How Strong Is a Mile High Manhattan
Whenever a drink is served in the martini style and made entirely of liquor, you should expect it to be a strong drink. That's definitely the case for the Mile High Manhattan, which has an average alcohol content of 36 percent ABV (72 proof). When deciding whether or not to mix up another round, keep in mind that this fancy cocktail is nearly the strength of the whiskey you pour.