The Grand Manhattan Cocktail

Grand Manhattan Cocktail
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
  • Yield: 1 cocktail

Sweet, delicious, and filled with citrus, The Grand Manhattan is a spectacular new twist on the traditional whiskey Manhattan and it is sure to brighten up your day or night.

This recipe is from The Gallery Bar at the Millenium Biltmore. In the Grand Manhattan, orange is the featured flavor, using both an orange liqueur and orange juice. Grand Marnier is the original liqueur of choice and puts the "Grand" in this Manhattan, though other brandy-based orange liqueurs are good substitutes. The drink is best with a robust, 100-proof bourbon. In true Manhattan fashion, sweet vermouth is included as well and the orange garnish is fun to make, so be sure to use it.

This Manhattan is a fantastic option for any occasion and you may want to consider it for brunch as well.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the bourbon, orange liqueur, sweet vermouth, and orange juice.

  3. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Garnish with the candied orange rind or caramelized orange wheel. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • Quality is key to simple drinks such as this. For the best tasting Manhattan, use top-shelf distilled spirits.
  • The one ingredient that is going to make or break this cocktail is the orange juice. Fresh-squeezed orange juice is going to be much better than any bottled juice you can buy and at only 1 ounce per drink, it will not take much effort. The average orange yields about 2 to 3 ounces, so one fruit should be sufficient for a full round of drinks if not two.

How to Caramelize an Orange Wheel

This caramelized orange wheel is a fun way to bring a little life to the average citrus garnish and it takes just a few minutes to create. If you like, prepare a few of these ahead of time and, of course, always be careful when playing with fire.

  1. Cut one orange wheel and toss it in granulated sugar to coat.

  2. Place it on aluminum foil or another non-flammable surface.

  3. Using a hand-held propane torch, lightly caramelize the sugar by passing the torch flame 1 to 2 inches over the surface of the orange.

  4. Allow to cool, flip over, and repeat.

How Strong Is the Grand Manhattan?

As is the case with many 'up' style drinks, this Manhattan is not a light one. If we were to go with 100 proof bourbon and 80 proof citrus liqueur, then the finished drink would be right around 25% ABV (50 proof).