Dark Cherry Manhattan Cocktail - Rittenhouse Rye, Lillet Blanc, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Angostura Bitters, Orange Twist Garnish
Dark Cherry Manhattan Cocktail – Rittenhouse Rye, Lillet Blanc, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Angostura Bitters, Orange Twist Garnish

A well made classic Manhattan is just one of my many favorite cocktails. I seldom grow tired of trying different recreations of this particular drink. Recently I started tinkering with one of my own Manhattan variations. Though the adjustments are minor, the changes made a big difference in taste. I created the (ri)1 & the Elusive Heering recipe in April 2009 when I first started experimenting with rye. The drink seemed to need a heavier hitting rye. Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey 100 proof carries just enough weight and sweetness to balance the flavors of this drink.

This dark cherry variation of the Manhattan classic cocktail is deeply satisfying. Cinnamon wafts through with just a touch of chocolate. I sampled this one evening cocktail style and again over three square cubes of ice. There were both simply divine, but each tasted a little different. To be honest, though I am a huge fan of cocktails I preferred the rocks style version better. It was deeper in flavor, richer, more complex. Drinks on the rocks last a little longer for me anyway, so I savored it a little longer. Sample this both ways and let me know what you think.

Dark Cherry Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Dark Cherry Manhattan – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey

1/2 ounce Herring Cherry Liqueur

1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

Orange Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish with fresh orange twist. Alternative: Pour mixture over one single large ice cube or two or three 1 – inch ice cubes for on the rocks serve.

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Dark Cherry Manhattan

3 thoughts on “Dark Cherry Manhattan

  • January 31, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    This recipe is almost exactly the recipe previously published by Tony Abou-Ganim in his 2010 book, The Modern Mixologist; see page 137, Just For Mary

  • February 1, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    As a matter of fact it is extremely similar to the Just For Mary recipe in Tony’s book. I posted my original recipe April 23, 2009 on my Intoxicologist.wordpress site. A marketing rep contacted me about it back then saying she’d just been talking to another (unnamed) bartender about how difficult it was to create something with Heering Cherry. The only difference between my recipe and Tony’s recipe was the bitters. His recipe appeared in The Modern Mixologist book copyrighted April 2010 a year later than the one I created and posted to my website. The Dark Cherry Manhattan you reference uses Rittenhouse Rye rather than the original (ri)1 from the first recipe I posted in April 2009. (ri)1 and the Elusive Heering was the recipe I created in 2009. (https://intoxicologist.net/2012/09/ri1-the-elusive-heering/) It’s a reposted article on the site now due to losing all of my content in October 2009 due to a server glitch.

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