Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we're mixing up a variation on the iconic Manhattan by swapping out the standard rye whiskey for rum.
Photo: Claire Lower
I have nothing against whiskey (obviously), but sometimes I just want to loosen things up just slightly with a more tropical spirit and using rum in a Manhattan lets you get loose without going "full daiquiri". To make one, you simply need:
- 55mL rum (single-barrel or aged is preferred)
- 25mL sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica if you want to treat yourself)
- A few dashes of aromatic bitters
Add everything to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a coupe, garnish with an orange twist if you dare to up your ingredient count and sip a slightly tropical, but still very serious, libation.