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Bitter and Spice and Everything Nice – Manhattan

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Cocktail with candied ginger garnish
Bitter and Spice and Everything Nice

Around November I start craving winter spices, especially a spice Manhattan. And, I’m a sucker for the Allspice Dram. It’s too strong to use in large quantities, but in small amounts, it can set a drink on fire with a mouth full of baking spices. While the primary flavor is allspice, when I nose or sip it, I get ginger and a little nutmeg and some sweet molasses/vanilla flavors. Pair that with a maple liqueur we found in Nova Scotia last year (The Canadians KNOW how to do maple liqueur – no US brand can compete as far as I’m concerned) and it’s a little sweet, a little spicy – in all the right ways. It’s like your best friend that has your back, but will definitely kick your ass if you fall down on the job.

Cocktail with candied ginger garnish

Bitter & Spice & Everything Nice

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
A Manhattan riff with a mouth full of baking spice and whiskey goodness. This is one that can easily use either rye or bourbon, so substitute out one for the other if you're in a particular mood.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine Bourbon Cocktail
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 oz Michter’s bourbon
  • 0.75 oz Maple Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz St Elizabeth's Allspice Dram
  • Candied Ginger Garnish

Instructions
 

  • Combine cocktail ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir until well-chilled, then strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with candied ginger. Or a gingerbread cookie, if you have one on hand.
Keyword allspice, gingerbread, maple
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By on November 27th, 2019
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About Heather Wibbels

Heather Wibbels is a whiskey enthusiast (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching and designing cocktails, drinking cocktails, and teaching cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location

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