THE BISCOTTI MANHATTAN
I am blessed to live only a five minute walking distance away from a wonderful little restaurant where the bar manager is always coming up with new and innovative cocktails I have never heard of.
Tonight she fixed me one that she calls the Biscotti Manhattan. To the best of my memory, she described this drink as consisting of the following:
Makers Mark 46 (The bartender told me that the "46" brand was very important).
An Orange Twist (This bartender always prefers an orange twist to a cherry when she fixes any kind of a Manhattan.
I am uncertain of the exact proportions she mentioned. I think she may have cited 3 parts of the Makers Mark 46, 1 part of the Grand Marnier, and 1 part of the Amaretto.
In any event..........I loved it.
Based upon the description I have provided above to the best of my memory.........
What do you think? Is this something you might want to try? Would you try to tweak it somehow?
I'm definitely getting this again.
Another bartender last night suggested that it might have been peach schnapps instead. I will find out more when I go back next week.
The bartender actually made up the name of this drink spontaneously as she was making it. Maybe she will be willing to give it another name.
If you leave off the word "Manhattan" and just go by "The Biscotti", you get a drink which is already described on the internet and which is something entirely different than this one.
This is the same bartender who turned me on to the Mile High Manhattan a few weeks ago, which I mentioned in another thread.
It sounds very sweet unless the amounts of amaretto and Grand Marnier are very small. But the actual ingredients sound like they would make a good cocktail. I would ask for the exact recipe.
Peach vermouth? Is that a house vermouth where they macerated peaches in vermouth?
If I was going to play with those ingredients I would go with the following to start. Then play with the proportions to adjust. (Although if you heard correctly about the 3:1 ratio you could take the liqueurs up to .5 oz., and the vermouth up to .75 oz.)
1.5 oz. wheated bourbon
.5 oz. peach vermouth
.25 oz. Grand Marnier
.25 oz. amaretto
1-2 dashes orange bitters
Stirred on ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass. Definitely garnish with orange peel twisted or flamed orange peel, because of the orange liqueur and bitters. BUT, lemon peel might balance it out better.
Many thanks for your comments and suggested proportions of the ingredients.
I will be going back next Wednesday to ask for some more details about this drink.
I am now a little uncertain about the peach vermouth. I was discussing this drink with another bartender last night and she surmised that it might have been peach schnapps instead.
I will report back to let you know what I find out.