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Reverse Manhattan

Image: Eric Medsker

Though vermouth is mainly used today as a modifier, Justin Lavenue, the co-owner and operator of The Roosevelt Room in Austin, points out it was poured more liberally in the mid to late 1800s. “In a lot of ways, the Reverse Manhattan is an homage to how people used to drink vermouth and homage to the genesis of cocktails as a whole,” he says. “If balanced correctly, [it] can be a wildly delicious drink.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “5 Modern Riffs on the Reverse Manhattan.”



  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass.

  3. Garnish with a marasca cherry.

  4. *Sweet vermouth blend: Combine a 750 mL bottle of Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, 19 oz Punt e Mes aperitivo and 6 oz Carpano Antica Formula vermouth. Store in the refrigerator for several weeks.