When the snow starts falling, let our easy Winter Manhattan Cocktail remind you of all the best bits of the festive season. Also known as a Christmas Manhattan Cocktail, this chilled bourbon drink is guaranteed to warm you from the inside out. With cozy caramel and apple notes that taste like a dessert in a glass, it’s no wonder this bourbon cocktail has become a popular pour over Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays. Best enjoyed fireside, while the turkey’s roasting in the oven and the Christmas tunes are playing.
Choose a rich, full-bodied whiskey with warm and spicy notes.
Use a high-quality sweet vermouth that complements the flavors of the whiskey.
Stir the cocktail gently with ice to maintain the silky texture and preserve the flavors of the whiskey.
Pour all ingredients into a mason jar or cocktail shaker and fill with ice
Stir until completely chilled
Strain into chilled cocktail or martini glass
Garnish with a twist of lemon and enjoy
What is the Winter Manhattan Cocktail?
This wintery spin on the much-loved classic is a fantastic holiday Manhattan Cocktail to enjoy with family and friends. The Winter Manhattan Cocktail recipe is carbon copy of a classic best Manhattan Cocktail recipe with whiskey and vermouth but with an apple twist in the form of sour apple liqueur.
If you are wondering where this holiday Manhattan Cocktail originated, the specifics are a bit blurry. We like to think it was shaken up in a warm kitchen at Thanksgiving to match the warm aromas of apple pies baking in the oven.
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The magic ingredients for a Winter Manhattan Cocktail
Although a Winter Manhattan may sound oh-so-sophisticated, it’s much easier than you think to make! Choosing your whiskey is the hardest part but we’ll make it simple for you: choose a good quality one like Wild Turkey Rye for its vanilla and spice notes. This rich bourbon pairs perfectly with a premium sweet vermouth like a Cinzano Rosso or 1757® Vermouth di Torino Rosso, which brings tasty black cherry and caramel into the mix. The cocktail is rounded off with a tart and sour apple liqueur, bringing together all of the festive flavors into one glass.