For a sophisticated Mexican spin on a classic cocktail, pour a Mexican Manhattan cocktail. Whether you’re just relaxing at home or throwing a party, it’s a damn good excuse to enjoy the delicate spicy notes of a good quality reposado tequila. Get ready for the best Mexican Manhattan cocktail recipe you’ve ever sipped!
Enjoy our Mexican Manhattan with smokey BBQ flavors like spicy BBQ ribs, chicken fajitas or even surf and turf
For butterscotch vibes, switch up your Mexican Manhattan with an aged tequila like Espolòn Añejo
No orange bitters? No problem – just use an aromatic if that’s what you have
Add the tequila, sweet vermouth and orange bitters into large glass or jug
Add a handful of ice and stir until icy cold
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a lime twist
What is a Mexican Manhattan cocktail?
A classic Manhattan is a mellow spirit-forward cocktail made with spicy rye whiskey or bourbon and the bitter notes of sweet vermouth. In our Mexican Manhattan, delight your senses with the unique caramel flavors only a reposado tequila can deliver. The sweet vermouth and orange bitters bump up the fruity complexity, offering you a wonderfully smooth drink. It differs from other Manhattan cocktail recipes like its Italian cousin, which has a bold nutty warmth from amaretto and has a less orange-forward flavor compared to dapper French Manhattan, which is made with velvety Cognac and bitter orange Grand Marnier.
What do you need to make a Mexican Manhattan cocktail?
To make the best Mexican Manhattan or any 3 ingredient cocktails, there is one vital ground rule to adhere to. When making spirit-forward cocktails, you must honor your drink with top-quality spirits. Espolòn Tequila Reposado will pour a flawless Mexican Manhattan cocktail, infusing it with the roasted honey flavors this 100% Blue Weber agave tequila gets from aging in American oak barrels. You’ll also need a sweet vermouth like Cinzano Rosso to add the bitter honeyed thread. This amber-colored fortified wine adds a subtle hint of warm spice. Finally, a dash of orange bitters will make the flavor of the spirit bloom, giving it a bitter herbal kick to deliver a smooth bold finish.
Steps on making the best Mexican Manhattan
You can make Mexican Manhattan in a matter of minutes with zero equipment so you can easily impress your guests at your next Mexican fiesta. For ultimate ease, measure out your ingredients into a large glass or jug with a good handful of ice. Give it a good stir to chill the ingredients for that most delicious sip before straining it into a glass. To get it icy cold, you can chill your glass in the freezer. No Mexican drink is complete without a little zesty lime, so add a twist of lime peel to finish. Olé!