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Black Manhattan Recipe

black manhattan recipe

A brooding counterpart to the classic Manhattan.

Created by bartender Todd Smith when he worked at San Francisco’s Bourbon & Branch, the Black Manhattan recipe uses Averna in place of sweet vermouth—a groundbreaking move when it was created in 2005.


  • 2 oz. rye whiskey
  • 1 oz. Averna
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6
  • Tools:mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
  • Glass:coupe
  • Garnish:cherry


Stir well with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a cocktail cherry.

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