The San Gennaro Amaro Manhattan cocktail is richly rewarding in the way each spirit stands out on its own, yet intertwines to highlight the elements of each other. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

San Gennaro Amaro Manhattan

The San Gennaro Amaro Manhattan cocktail created by Andrew Pollard of Wirtz Beverage Group Nevada, uses Rye, Amaro, Carpano Antica Formula and adds a touch of Campari in place of classic bitters. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
The San Gennaro Amaro Manhattan cocktail created by Andrew Pollard of Wirtz Beverage Group Nevada, uses Rye, Amaro, Carpano Antica Formula and adds a touch of Campari in place of classic bitters. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

If you read here with any regularity you already know I am a huge fan of the Manhattan and Negroni classic cocktails. What better way to enjoy them than to combine a little of both worlds?! The San Gennaro cocktail created by Andrew Pollard of Wirtz Beverage Group Nevada, adds a touch of Campari in place of classic bitters in this extraordinary Amaro Manhattan.

San Gennaro Amaro Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

The San Gennaro Amaro Manhattan cocktail is richly rewarding in the way each spirit stands out on its own, yet intertwines to highlight the elements of each other. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
The San Gennaro Amaro Manhattan cocktail is richly rewarding in the way each spirit stands out on its own, yet intertwines to highlight the elements of each other. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

San Gennaro

1 ounce Rye Whiskey

1 ounce Averna or Amaro

1 ounce Carpano Antica Formula or Sweet Vermouth

1/2 teaspoon Campari

1 or 2 Luxardo Maraschino Cherries Garnish

Place liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish with cherries.

San Gennaro Amaro Manhattan Cocktail Notes

Just like the Manhattan Special cocktail, I used Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey for this Amaro Manhattan. Rittenhouse Rye’s dry, cinnamon notes balance nicely with the luxurious sweetness of Carpano Antica Formula and citrus notes of Averna. I used an entire Barspoon of Campari rather than the 1/2 teaspoon called for in the San Gennaro recipe. The flavor in this Amaro Manhattan is deep, extremely satisfying, warming.

Averna Spirits - photo taken at Tales of the Cocktail Lunchen - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Averna Spirits – photo taken at Tales of the Cocktail Lunchen – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Amaro reminds me slightly of cola. Perhaps it is the secret mixture of roots, herbs and citrus rind that meld together. The taste is not nearly as syrupy sweet as cola, but rather intensely intricate in layering of flavors. This is an aperitif to savor slowly, rolling it over the tongue to enjoy every nuance of the spirit. When placed into a recipe such as the San Gennaro Amaro Manhattan the flavor experience broadens. This cocktail is richly rewarding in the way each spirit stands out on its own, yet intertwines to highlight the elements of each other. Magnificent!

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