When you swap the ingredients in a Manhattan, “the other component shines through, and it unveils a more rich, aromatic and almost spicy component to the cocktail,” says Jenelle Engleson, the assistant general manager and beverage director at Gertie’s Bar at The 404 Kitchen in Nashville. She prefers Amaro Montenegro for its low ABV and flavor profile that leads to a perfectly balanced drink.
This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Modern Riffs on the Reverse Manhattan.”
- 2 ounces Amaro Montenegro
- 1 ounce Knob Creek rye whiskey
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1 orange twist
- Garnish: Luxardo maraschino cherry
Add the amaro, whiskey and bitters into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
Express the oil from the orange twist over the top of the drink and discard.
Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry.