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Classic Manhattan Cocktail


I find rye whiskey to be an acquired taste so instead used my favorite, Southern Comfort. This is a very smooth tasting drink so be careful, it sneaks up on you quickly. After 2 or or more... you might end up on the floor. Enjoy and be safe!

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  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes cherry bitters
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • 1 premium maraschino cherry, such as Luxardo
  • 1 orange peel


Servings 1
Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 5mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Combine the whiskey, vermouth, cherry bitters and absinthe in a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a rocks glass.

Serve up, and garnish with the cherry and an orange peel. You may flame the oils of the orange peel before placing in the glass if desired, using a lighter.


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