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Photo by Sarah Jane Sanders
The development of this cocktail, created for Bour-Bon Restaurant, Craft Cocktail Bar & Music Revue, started with a light and dry riff on the Manhattan, and then took a left turn. The addition of the trinity of the light and bright bitters Aperol, Ramazotti and Peychaud’s make this a summery version of the Manhattan, built from the ashes of the base recipe. The finishing move –– a strawberry sliver-rubbed rim –– adds a brightness and acidity that provides a first layer of flavor and complements the vegetal character of the macerated bitters.
Most importantly, it’s delicious.
• 1.5 ounces Four Roses
• 1 ounce Dolin dry vermouth
• 3⁄4 oz Aperol bitters
• ¼ oz Ramazotti bitters
• 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
• 1 dash celery bitters
Stir ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain into martini glass. Rub the rim with a strawberry sliver and float the sliver as a garnish.