This week’s cocktail is the reverse Manhattan.
I am a fan of whiskey and am more of a Manhattan girl than an Old Fashioned girl. The only thing about either of these drinks is they can be a little too strong for me. If I want the flavor of a Manhattan, but a drink that provides for a bit more longevity I flip the ingredients to make a Reverse Manhattan!
There is nothing special to making this drink, you just invert the ratios of whiskey to vermouth in the traditional Manhattan. So instead of 2 ounces of whiskey and 1 ounce of vermouth I pour 2 ounces of vermouth and just 1 ounce of whiskey and dress it up as you normally would with 2 dashes of Angostora bitters, or similar.
I started making my traditional Manhattan’s a little sweeter with a teaspoon of Luxardo maraschino liquor. It is an herbal cherry mix from Italy that adds a little something special to a drink.
As the base of the drink if vermouth, bump up your selection. I chose to use Punt e Mes to give my drink a little boost.
If you are a fan of Manhattan’s, or like whiskey, but find it to be more alcohol than you can handle, flip things around and try a Reverse Manhattan. If you want to be really fancy, toss the mix with ice and pour into a martini glass.