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Keep the Change – a Michter’s Manhattan

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Michter's Manhattan Cocktail with rose orange garnish
Keep the Change – a Michter’s Manhattan

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.

cocktail garnished with orange rose

Keep the Change – a Michter’s Manhattan

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A smooth and complex Manhattan which lets the Michter’s Toasted Bourbon shine in the front as hints of the sweet vermouth and fig and orange bitters round out the palate.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine cocktail
Servings 1


  • 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.


You’ll want another. I can promise you. The orange rose garnish is MUCH harder after that first cocktail.
Keyword fig bitters, michters manhattan, rye cocktail, sweet vermouth
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By on October 19th, 2019
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Heather Wibbels is a whiskey and cocktail author (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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