Resa Mueller’s Improved Manhattan

Resa Mueller, LALO | Philadelphia

Resa Mueller’s slight tweak on the “improved” version of the Manhattan—a label that signals the introduction of big-flavor adjuncts like absinthe and maraschino to timeless templates—swaps the expected cherry liqueur for Galliano, introducing a touch of vanilla that plays nicely with a mellow bourbon, tagging in for spicier rye.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces bourbon, preferably Four Roses Small Batch
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon Galliano
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters

Garnish: orange twist

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange twist.

Tagged: Galliano, Manhattan