Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Rye Whiskey Cocktails

Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy cocktail / Tim Nusog

Jeremy Oertel, a partner at Donna in New York City, wanted to make a version of his favorite cocktail with similar flavors that he could quaff in the afternoon or as a pre-dinner apéritif. “It’s sessionable and won’t knock you out with one,” he says. “It’s also fun to make the vermouth or fortified wine be the star of the show.”

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


  • 2 oz Carpano Antica Formula vermouth
  • 1 oz Lock Stock & Barrel rye whiskey
  • 1 tsp Caffè Borghetti coffee liqueur
  • 1 dash Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters
  • Garnish: Orange twist


  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 an orange twist.