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manhattan with orange and star anise garnish

Exit Strategy – Black Licorice Manhattan

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
Prepare to leave the world behind after one of these cocktails blending the orange of oleo saccharum, chocolate liqueur, absinthe, and a fabulous bourbon. For licorice lovers, the pairing of orange, licorice and chocolate is a sublime experience. You'll be amazed.
5 from 5 votes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Bourbon Cocktail
Servings 1


  • ½ oz oleo saccharum
  • ¾ oz Ballotin chocolate whiskey do not use a cream-based chocolate liqueur
  • ¼ oz Copper & Kings absinthe
  • 1.5 oz Barrell Bourbon batch 15
  • 10 drops Woodford Reserve orange bitters
  • 2 dashes Bitter Truth chocolate bitters
  • Garnish: orange wheel with star anise or chocolate shavings


  • Combine oleo saccharum, chocolate whiskey (or liqueur), absinthe, whiskey, and bitters in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange wheel and a star anise. Sip slowly and savor it.
Keyword absinthe, apple bitters, blood orange, chocolate, licorice, manhattan, oleo saccharum
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