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Double Agent: A Manhattan Riff

A bittersweet take on the classic.

A Manhattan by way of Halifax, this riff on the classic combines a spicy Canadian rye whisky, a traditional Italian vermouth, and bittersweet Cynar. “This drink was made with the idea of complementing the distinct spice found in a Canadian rye,” says Jacob McDonald, bar manager at The Bicycle Thief.


  • 1 1⁄2 oz. Canadian rye whisky (McDonald uses Lot 40)
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth (McDonald uses Cocchi Vermouth di Torino)
  • 1⁄2 oz. Cynar
  • Tools:barspoon, strainer
  • Glass:cocktail
  • Garnish:amarena cherry


Stir all of the ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled glass, then garnish.

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