Recipe // the Black Manhattan

This past weekend was all about tidying up the house and getting cozy. I definitely feel a briskness in the air that signals a transition into fall for us here in Seattle. The mornings just smell different. In the fall I tend to turn to bourbon-based cocktails, especially ones where rye is the star. A recent love of mine is the Black Manhattan cocktail. Typically made as a 2:1 ratio of rye and vermouth, for this recipe we swapped the vermouth with amaro for a flavor that’s more bitter + sweet. Behold, my new favorite sip for lounging in my Eames chair and watching the seasons change!

The Black Manhattan cocktail recipe with rye, amaro, citrus and aromatic bitters. Perfect for sipping at a fall party. Get the full recipe on Jojotastic.com

When it comes to bourbon vs. rye, I don’t really discriminate. Rye tends to feel more appropriate for fall because the flavor profile is a bit spicier. If you’ve got bourbon on hand, that will work here just fine, too.

The Black Manhattan cocktail recipe with rye, amaro, citrus and aromatic bitters. Perfect for sipping at a fall party. Get the full recipe on Jojotastic.com

There’s something that I love about ordering a tiny, strong whiskey drink when we go out. It forces me to slow down and consider what I’m drinking, to really savor the balance and notes of the cocktail. If you’re looking to branch out from your trusty old fashioned, the Black Manhattan is a great way to do so.

The Black Manhattan cocktail recipe with rye, amaro, citrus and aromatic bitters. Perfect for sipping at a fall party. Get the full recipe on Jojotastic.com

The Black Manhattan Cocktail (makes 1 cocktail)

Ingredients

Directions

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain into the double old fashioned glass of your choice (I used these glasses).

The Black Manhattan cocktail recipe with rye, amaro, citrus and aromatic bitters. Perfect for sipping at a fall party. Get the full recipe on Jojotastic.com

This is the type of cocktail that’d I’d make for friends when we’re unexpected hanging out at the house en route to dinner. I love that the Black Manhattan feels like more of a “grown up” cocktail, even though it’s so easy to make.

The Black Manhattan cocktail recipe with rye, amaro, citrus and aromatic bitters. Perfect for sipping at a fall party. Get the full recipe on Jojotastic.com

photography & styling by Jojotastic, recipe by Phyllis Wang. Get more recipesΒ here!