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Thick as Thieves

Thick as Thieves cocktail


The secret to this spicy, warming Manhattan variation by Danny Kuehner, the bar manager at Madison in San Diego, is an essential oil blend of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, radiata, rosemary and lemon, which is purported to have immune-supporting and antioxidant properties. At the bar, Kuehner uses Lo-Fi gentian amaro from California, which can be hard to find; this recipe substitutes sweet vermouth and cherry liqueur or red wine to lend a similar flavor.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Essential Oils Are What You Want in Your Cocktails Right Now.”


  • 1 1/2 ounces 1776 rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce Cynar
  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 ounce cherry liqueur (or red wine)
  • 1 drop Young Living Thieves essential oil blend
  • Garnish: lemon twist


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

  2. Strain into a rocks glass over one large fresh ice cube.

  3. Garnish with a lemon peel.