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.
2 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce port
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir all ingredients with cracked ice until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with an orange twist.