Mixing up a Tawny Manhattan

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The Manhattan, a classic cocktail and a favorite among serious drinkers, is a great way to pass the time. Traditionally composed of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters, the Manhattan is a perfect drink to enjoy on a cool winter day. Or any day.

But with winter upon us, one might elect to change up the tried-and-true Manhattan to create a drink even more indicative of the season. By using tawny port in place of sweet vermouth, the traditional Manhattan becomes a bit more complex and warms the soul as it soothes the thirsty drinker. Subbing orange bitters for Angostura bitters adds a zesty citrus note to the drink, which balances nicely with the buttery, oaky flavors imparted by the port.

Ingredients:

2 ounces rye whiskey

1 ounce port

2 dashes orange bitters

Directions:

Stir all ingredients with cracked ice until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with an orange twist.

Kevin Gray is a Dallas-based freelance writer and food and drink fanatic. If you can eat it or drink it, Kevin has probably written about it. He contributes to a variety of publications and is the editor of Cocktail Enthusiast