Russ' Manhattan
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Russ' Manhattan
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.75 / 5
My wife's uncle makes his Manhattan's with Woodford Reserve bourbon and Angostura Orange Bitters. I like it a lot. My mother-in-law says. “This is Russ’s recipe. On the rocks is ... more My wife's uncle makes his Manhattan's with Woodford Reserve bourbon and Angostura Orange Bitters. I like it a lot.
My mother-in-law says. “This is Russ’s recipe. On the rocks is my preference.”
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Bourbon
Alcohol content
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34% | 2.04 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Method
How to make a Russ' Manhattan

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add ingredients to a lowball glass on the rocks and stir

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What kind of bourbon is best for Russ' Manhattan?

For Russ' Manhattan, a high-quality bourbon with a robust flavor profile is preferred. Look for bourbons that are well-balanced, slightly sweet, with a smooth finish. Brands that have a good reputation for cocktails include Buffalo Trace, Maker's Mark, and Woodford Reserve. The choice of bourbon can significantly influence the taste of the cocktail, so selecting one that complements the vermouth and orange bitters is key.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How should I garnish Russ' Manhattan?

Russ' Manhattan is traditionally garnished with a maraschino cherry, which adds a touch of sweetness and color to the drink. You could also consider adding a twist of orange peel to enhance the citrus notes from the orange bitters. To do so, carefully cut a thin strip of orange peel, ensuring little to no white pith is included, and twist it over the drink to release its essential oils before dropping it in.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve Russ' Manhattan?

Russ' Manhattan should be served cold but not diluted. The ideal way to serve it is in a lowball glass, over a large ice cube or sphere, which melts slower than smaller ice cubes and thus dilutes the drink less. The cocktail should be stirred with ice in a mixing glass until well-chilled, then strained into the serving glass. This method ensures that the drink stays cold and maintains its intended flavor profile.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is Russ' Manhattan stirred and not shaken?

Russ' Manhattan is stirred and not shaken to preserve the silky texture and clarity of the cocktail. Shaking introduces air bubbles and causes the drink to become cloudy. Stirring, on the other hand, chills the ingredients sufficiently while mixing them gently, resulting in a smooth, clear cocktail that allows the flavors of the bourbon, vermouth, and bitters to shine through without being diluted by too much water.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of Russ' Manhattan compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 34%, Russ' Manhattan falls into the category of a strong cocktail, similar to other classic cocktails like the traditional Manhattan, Martini, and Old Fashioned, which usually have an alcohol content ranging from 30% to 40%. This makes it a potent choice, suitable for sipping slowly and enjoying the complex flavors. It's comparable in strength but unique in its combination of ingredients and preparation.

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