The first week back from a vacation is always the longest; I needed a Michter’s Manhattan. I tried to open my horizons after recovering from our epic hikes in Banff and Jasper, BUT. But I tried a gin and tonic and it was so disappointing. I may have become the truest of all whiskey girls because I used to love gin and tonics.
In any case, Saturday is my Friday since I work Tuesday through Saturday in my day job. In order to recover from the ghastly gin and tonic, I looked to a newly opened bottle, my Michter’s Toasted Bourbon Release. It’s this vanilla, caramel, toast bomb that’s fabulous neat. I needed to redeem myself with an amazing Manhattan riff, and I think I succeeded. The pairing of fig/orange bitters with that Cocchi vermouth made it far too easy to go back for a second Manhattan. I will say getting that orange peel rose garnish right the second time was a LOT harder.
Keep the Change – a Michter’s Manhattan
- 2 oz Michter’s Toasted
- 1 oz good quality vermouth I used Cocchi di Torino
- 1 dropper Crude Fig and Orange bitters
- Garnish: orange rose
- Combine cocktail ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir until well-chilled and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange rose and sip as slowly as you can.