French Manhattan

From Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Aperitifs, and Café Traditions of France, with 100 Recipes, by David Lebovitz

The French are just as fascinated with America as Americans are with France. Although, as my friend Grégoire, told me, “We both admire the lifestyle of each other, but in the end, each of us prefers our way of life.” Even if you’re a die-hard (American) Manhattan drinker, this French version might change your allegiance.

Reprinted with permission from Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Aperitifs, and Café Traditions of France, with 100 Recipes, by David Lebovitz, copyright © 2020. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2020 by Ed Anderson.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces Cognac
  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 ounce Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 1 dash orange bitters or Angostura bitters

Garnish: candied amarena cherry or maraschino cherry  

Directions
  1. Add the Cognac, sweet vermouth, Grand Mariner, and Bitters to a cocktail mixing glass.
  2. 
Add ice and stir until well chilled.
  3. 
Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with the cherry.

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