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Reverse Manhattan Riff: Inside Out

When you invert the traditional ratio of whiskey and vermouth in the classic Manhattan recipe, a softly sweet riff emerges. To take the concept a step further, Natasha David from Nitecap in New York City adds a touch of Branca Menta and aromatic absinthe. “I enjoy a reverse Manhattan as my perfect nightcap—when it’s been a long day, I’ve already had a glass of wine with dinner, and want something rich and comforting, a real cocktail, that’s a little lower in ABV to relax me and still allow me to have a restful night of sleep,” David says.


  • 2½ oz. sweet vermouth (David uses Carpano Antica)
  • 1 oz. rye whiskey
  • 1 tsp. Branca Menta
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • Tools:barspoon
  • Glass:coupe
  • Garnish:orange twist


Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish.

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