A nice variation on a traditional Rye/Bourbon Manhattan this one uses Rum as its base with the addition of Luxardo and a splash of Orange Bitters. A perfect summer sipper and (don’t tell anyone I said this) would actually work in a tall glass with some seltzer.
2 Ounces of Amber Rum or Rum Agricole (my favorite is the VSOP by Rhum J.M)
1 Ounce Sweet Vermouth (I used Boissiere but for a more unusual taste try Uncouth Vermouth’s red)
1/2 Teaspoon Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
A dash or two of Orange Bitters
Pour everything into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir for a good 30 or so seconds. The more stirring/ice the more watered down the drink – which is fine by me – but you may feel differently, so adjust accordingly.
Strain into a cocktail glass (coup) or serve on the rocks with a twist of orange or an orange slice, I had a left over half of blood orange in the fridge so I used it a slice of it.
This also would make a great barrel aged cocktail.