The Manhattan is a classic cocktail that’s been around since the late 19th century. It was likely born on the island of Manhattan, but sources vary as to who actually invented the popular drink. Some say it was a bartender at a bar near Broadway, and others attribute the recipe to the famed Manhattan Club. Either way, it has survived the decades and is listed as an “unforgettable” by the American Bartenders Association. The original cocktail consists of Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth and bitters.
The Manhattan was traditionally made with Rye, and the version that pairs the Vermouth with Scotch Whiskey is called a Rob Roy. A Dry Manhattan replaces the Sweet Vermouth with Dry Vermouth, and a Perfect Manhattan blends equal parts of both.
Our Applejack Manhattan uses Laird’s Applejack instead of Whiskey, which tastes a little like apple cider but with a much higher alcohol content. Laird’s has been making Applejack in New Jersey for over 200 years, and a number of classic cocktails have been modified to include this unique liquor. You can also use Apple Brandy in a pinch, but the genuine Applejack is what really makes this drink stand out.
You can also cut back on the ingredients for a less boozy cocktail, but just ensure that your balance of Applejack and Vermouth are always kept at 2 to 1.
Here's what you need to make an Applejack Manhattan:
- 60ml Laird’s Applejack
- 30ml Sweet Vermouth
- 2 dashes of orange bitters
- Orange twist to garnish
- Fill a mixing glass with ice.
- Add all ingredients and stir gently with a cocktail spoon.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a twist of orange.
- Mixing glass.
- Cocktail spoon.
- Cocktail glass.