The Maple Manhattan

One of my new year’s resolutions is to drink more.  HAHA!  No, it’s actually to use up more of my pantry items.  As you all know from the Peep My Pantry post, I have a pretty impressive collection of food ingredients and sometimes I just get overwhelmed and use the same things over and over.  My dad gifted Patrick and I some amazing bourbon barrel aged maple syrup called Noble 1 for Christmas.  As I tried to figure out a time to host a brunch party it occurred to me that I didn’t have to wait.  Use it for something else and well a bourbon drink seemed like a natural fit.  I usually skip Manhattans for something a little smoother but the addition of the maple syrup does the trick.  This drink is also a good excuse to highlight a new DC product, Capitoline Vermouth.

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You can find it at Cordial in Union Market and it’s just delicious in this drink (the label is beyond gorgeous).  Added benefit – I got to start working through this massive jar of maraschino cherries we have.  Usually we get the Luxardo brand which are great, but Salt and Sundry started carrying these and I just couldn’t pass up this chic jar for the bar cart.  Last but not least it uses one of my favorite ingredients, bitters, that you can read all about here.  Cheers!

 

The Maple Manhattan (printable version at the end of the post)

Inspiration:   Noble 1 syrup
Special Equipment:   cocktail shaker

  • 3 ounces bourbon (we usually use Maker’s Mark)
  • 1 ounce vermouth
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • maraschino cherries

Combine all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until cold.  Serve in a martini glass with 1, 2 or how every many cherries you wish!

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The Maple Manhattan

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 2 minutes
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Special Equipment:   cocktail shaker

  • 3 ounces bourbon (we usually use Maker’s Mark)
  • 1 ounce vermouth
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • maraschino cherries

Combine all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until cold.  Serve in a martini glass with 1, 2 or how every many cherries you wish!

 

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