Gourmet Veggie Mama

Special Manhattan

As you probably know by now, when I have a new ingredient in my bar, I like to take it out for a spin or two. A couple weeks ago, we tried out a cocktail called the Boulevardier, which, along with bourbon and sweet vermouth, has Campari as one of its main ingredients.

It was a little too bitter for me. In the end, I thought the Campari overpowered the other flavors too much — but the jury is still out as to whether my appreciation will increase with time. So, when the hubby suggested we try out a Special Manhattan, which includes the same ingredients as the Boulevardier, only with different proportions, I was intrigued. And, I enjoyed the result very much.

special manhattan

The lower proportion of Campari and higher proportion of sweet vermouth really make a difference and, in my humble opinion, balances this drink out. It’s not too sweet, and not too bitter — it’s just right. And I think that’s pretty special, myself.

Special Manhattan
Recipe type: cocktail
Serves: 1
  • 1¾ oz bourbon
  • ½ oz sweet vermouth
  • ¼ oz Campari
  • maraschino cherry for garnish
  1. Combine the bourbon, sweet vermouth and Campari in a large mixing glass with ice. Stir vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.
  2. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
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2 Thoughts on “Special Manhattan

  1. I like how your husband thinks – if you didn’t like the first cocktail, try another one! 😉
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  2. I developed and affinity for all things bitters (Campari, Aperol) when in Italy. Try it with a little grapefruit juice and seltzer. Love it.

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