This episode’s featured cocktail is the Black Manhattan. To make it, you’ll need:
Combine these ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir for about 15-20 seconds until everything is properly chilled and diluted, then strain into a stemmed cocktail glass and garnish with a nice expressed orange twist.
Invented in 2005 by bartender Todd Smith at the legendary San Francisco bar, Bourbon & Branch, the Black Manhattan is precisely what it sounds like: a Manhattan, but darker. If you’re really into bitter liqueurs, you can also play around with various Fernets in this cocktail, whether we’re talking about Fernet Branca or some other representative of that particularly intense herbal category. In fact, when testing an amaro, the Black Manhattan is almost always our go-to cocktail, and it’s also a delicious, simple crowd-pleaser to break out during those holiday gatherings.