Make an Extra Fancy Manhattan With Benedictine

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Sometimes I get so focused on gin and amaro that I forget about the perfectly good bottles of whiskey I have just sitting there, waiting to be consumed. It’s kind of odd, actually, because I used to be deeply into Manhattans and Manhattan variants.


It’s a very variable cocktail. You can change the whiskey (from rye to bourbon or some other dark spirit) or you can change the vermouth component. Today we’re doing the latter, making a Monte Carlo by swapping out sweet vermouth for Benedictine, a fancy herbal liqueur that’s made by monks. It’s even sweeter than sweet vermouth, so half an ounce is plenty. To make it, you will need:

  • 2 1/2 ounces rye
  • 1/2 ounce Benedictine
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Add everything to a stirring glass full of ice and stir until completely chilled. You want to stir a lot here, as this is a lot of ethanol, and the dilution is much needed. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a strip of lemon zest if you have it.


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