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Brandy Manhattan

The Brandy Manhattan cocktail is a sophisticated and aromatic libation that offers a delightful twist on the traditional Manhattan. Originating in the late 19th century, the Manhattan is a quintessential cocktail known for its timeless appeal and versatility. The Brandy Manhattan substitutes whiskey with brandy, imparting a smoother and slightly sweeter flavor profile to the drink.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) brandy

  • 30 ml (1 oz) sweet vermouth

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Maraschino cherry for garnish (optional)

  • Ice cubes

  • Mixing glass

  • Stirring spoon

  • Jigger

  • Cocktail strainer

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 60 ml (2 oz) of brandy into the mixing glass.

  3. Add 30 ml (1 oz) of sweet vermouth to the mixing glass.

  4. Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters.

  5. Stir the mixture gently with a stirring spoon for about 30 seconds to chill and properly dilute the cocktail.

  6. Place a cocktail strainer over the mixing glass and strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass or Martini glass.

  7. Optionally, garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Flavor Profile:

The Brandy Manhattan cocktail offers a complex and nuanced flavor profile, with the rich fruitiness of brandy harmonizing beautifully with the sweet vermouth and aromatic bitters. It's a well-balanced and elegant drink that's perfect for sipping on special occasions or leisurely evenings.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Brandy Selection: When making a Brandy Manhattan, opt for a high-quality brandy with a smooth and well-rounded flavor profile.

  • Vermouth Ratio: Adjusting the ratio of sweet vermouth to brandy can personalize the flavor profile of the Brandy Manhattan to suit your taste preferences.

  • Chilling Technique: Properly chilling and diluting the Brandy Manhattan is crucial for achieving the ideal drinking experience. Stirring the cocktail with ice for about 30 seconds ensures that the flavors meld together seamlessly while maintaining the proper temperature.

  • Garnish Selection: While a classic garnish for the Manhattan is a maraschino cherry, feel free to experiment with different garnish options, such as a lemon twist or orange peel, to add a touch of brightness to the cocktail.

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