Reverse Manhattan

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This week we are toasting to dads everywhere with a twist on a classical cocktail.  We shared how to make a Manhattan in a past post.  Craig loves a good Manhattan, but lately he has been a little more interested in a Reverse Manhattan.

Why a Reverse?  A Reverse Manhattan flips the amount of whiskey and the amount of vermouth needed.  When Manhattans were originally created they were created to have 2 parts vermouth and 1 part whiskey.  However, as Manhattans became more popular oftentimes bars did not have a high quality vermouth.  To offset a low quality vermouth, bartenders started to put more whiskey in the cocktail than vermouth.  With our Reverse Manhattan, we encourage you to use a high quality vermouth, such as Carpano Antica Formula, so you can enjoy a Manhattan the way it was meant to be enjoyed.  Another benefit of a Reverse Manhattan is since there is more Carpano Antica in the cocktail, the drink has a lower alcohol content.  Cheers to that!

To make a Reverse Manhattan you need Carpano Antica Formula and your favorite whiskey or bourbon.  Add two ounces of Carpano Antica and an ounce of whiskey to a shaker of ice. Shake for about 20 seconds, and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with Luxardo cherries and enjoy.

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Serve up a Reverse Manhattan for the special dads in your life on Sunday.  Let us know if you do, we’d love to hear about it!

Happy Father’s Day to our favorite dads — John, Tom, Kirby, Alan, Ryan,Todd, Jeff, and Chris!  The world needs more dads like you!


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