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