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I’ll Take an Old Manhattan


The American whiskey renaissance has revived the reputation of two iconic cocktails, the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan. In an act of mixological serendipity, our friend Mark Dowden has combined the two in a drink he calls the Old Manhattan.

Mix it as you would a Manhattan, but instead of a few drops of Angostura bitters, use at least a full tablespoon of Bittermilk No. 1 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned mixer. This product blends the bitters and sugar for an Old Fashioned in a delicious syrup made with gentian root, cinchona bark, orange peel, burnt cane sugar and a few other tasty ingredients.

The result is a drink with the complex depth of a Manhattan and the pleasant sweetness of an Old Fashioned. Try one. As summer gives way to fall, you may find yourself visiting Old Manhattan with increasing frequency.

Old Manhattan

  • 3 oz. Bulleit rye
  • 1 oz. Dolin sweet vermouth
  • 1 tablespoon (or to taste) Bittermilk No. 1 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned mixer
  • Stir the ingredients over ice and strain into a coupe or, if you prefer, a rocks glass with a single large cube of ice. Garnish with a cherry and a lemon twist.
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