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Black Manhattan

Black Manhattan
Image: / Tim Nusog

The Black Manhattan was created in 2005 at San Francisco bar Bourbon & Branch by bartender Todd Smith. It’s a simple variation on the classic Manhattan, with bittersweet Averna amaro replacing the sweet vermouth and with a second type of bitters added. These adjustments result in a heavier and slightly more bitter rendition of its forebear, with additional depth of flavor from the amaro’s herbal and caramel notes.


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey

  • 1 ounce Averna amaro

  • 1 dash Angostura bitters

  • 1 dash orange bitters (such as Regan’s)

  • Garnish: brandied cherry


  1. Add the rye whiskey, Averna, Angostura bitters and orange bitters into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

  3. Garnish with a brandied cherry.