The Black Manhattan, from Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco, is an amaro-driven riff of the classic Manhattan cocktail.
Swapping the regular sweet vermouth for herbal amaro Averna creates this deep, dark brown, boozy and spicy cocktail that will appeal both to lovers of whiskey as well as amari fans.
The recipe for this gem of a cocktail we found in Brad Thomas Parsons's book Amaro. It's filled with several other tempting amari recipes, so check it out if you like these kind of drinks.
2 oz bourbon
1 oz amaro Averna
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash orange bitters
Stir all ingredients with fresh ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a single maraschino cherry.