Ah, the The Manhattan, a classic marriage of bittersweet Bourbon, Vermouth, and Bitters, has its roots in Manhattan, New York City back in the late 1800s as an honorary drink for then-president Samuel J. Tilden.
For Bourbonites, this drink is clearly bourbon, with vanilla notes and bitters that bring out the strength and glory of the bourbon you choose. The drink is also served up after being shaken (or stirred) as opposed to being served on the rocks.
This recipe calls for a liqueur instead of a vermouth, so the palette is sweet and fruity, yet subtle enough to allow your favorite bourbon to stand out. It’s the French Manhattan because of the Chambord, a raspberry liqueur first produced in the Loire Valley of France during the late 17th century.
The result is a nice spin on a classic. Cheers!
The French Manhattan
In a mix can:
Shake vigorously to combine. Double Strain into a chilled martini glass and serve immediately. Optionally garnish with a couple of speared raspberries.