Spike Your Manhattan With Amaro

Photo: Claire Lower

Happy weekend, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we’re making a woodsy, herbaceous Manhattan-style drink, based on Audrey Saunders’ Little Italy cocktail.

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The original recipe, which I found while flipping through Robert Simonson’s essential beverage guide, 3-Ingredient Cocktails, gets its twist from the addition of Cynar, an artichoke-infused liqueur with a warm and woodsy — rather than vegetal — flavour.

A true Little Italy is made with Rittenhouse 100-Proof rye, but I’ve found it to be quite pleasant with a high-proof bourbon, such as J.T.S. Brown Bottled-in-Bond. The resulting cocktail is a sweet, forest-y, stiff little number that’s a nice, slight departure the standard Manhattan.

To make one for yourself, you will need:

  • 60ml high-proof bourbon or rye, depending on your preference
  • 20ml sweet vermouth
  • 15ml Cynar

Combine everything in a stirring glass (or pint glass) filled with ice and stir for half a minute or so, until the beverage is well-chilled. Strain into a coupe glass, garnish with a cherry or strip of lemon zest if you wish to indulge with a fourth ingredient, and enjoy.


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