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Irish Manhattan – Unseelie Tipple

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Two Irish Manhattans on a gold platter
Irish Manhattan – Unseelie Tipple

I’ve almost missed the cutoff for Irish-inspired cocktails for St. Patty’s Day, but here’s a take on an Irish Manhattan to get you through the rest of the night. I wanted to feature a lovely Irish whiskey and Sexton and Slane are the big winners in our house.

To pair with it, I nosed the lovely Irish whiskey and I get so many fruity notes in it, especially raspberry. So, I decided to add a little Chambord black raspberry liqueur to highlight that flavor, but needed to tone down all that sweet with a little earthiness.

Using Averna amaro, which has chocolate and faint coffee notes to me, I built an Irish Manhattan that’s easily a keeper. Unfortunately, with the state of things lately, I had no fresh raspberries to use as a garnish, which would have been my first choice. Right now, we’re encouraged to stay at home and avoid going out. I hadn’t planned on this cocktail tonight, but I needed a distraction.

Irish Manhattan on a gold platter with raspberries
Irish Manhattan – Unseelie Tipple

Instead, of fresh raspberries I garnished with lovely luxardo cherries and used some dried raspberries in the picture. The luxardo cherries are always an excellent choice in a classy cocktail and I really wanted to drink the cocktail.

To round out the flavors, I used Crude bitters “Big Bear” with its coffee and cocoa flavors to round out the Averna notes and tie everything together. I ended up with a lovely, smooth, sippable Manhattan, and a drink perfect for St. Patty’s while not actually green.

Many Irish whiskies would fit in this cocktail, so try out whatever you have. A bourbon or rye would have too much bite, but a smooth Speyside scotch would be amazing here, and very sippable as well. Slainte!

Irish Manhattan on a gold platter with raspberries
Irish Manhattan – Unseelie Tipple
Two Irish Manhattans on a gold platter

Irish Manhattan – Unseelie Tipple

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
An Irish take on a Manhattan with black raspberry, chocolate and slight coffee flavors mellowed out into a supremely sippable, elegant cocktail. Serve in a coupe or martini glass and garnish with a fresh raspberry to step up the garnish game.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine irish, manhattan, whiskey cocktail
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz Sexton Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Chambord black raspberry liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Averna Amaro
  • 8 drops Crude "Big Bear" cocoa and coffee bitters
  • Garnish: fresh raspberry or Luxardo cherry

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients except the garnish to a mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Slainte!
Keyword amaro, black raspberry, irish whisey
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By on March 17th, 2020
Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktail

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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