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Black Metal Manhattan Recipe

Black Metal Manhattan
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: | Makes: 2 drinks

CHOW’s former food editor Aida Mollenkamp turned me on to the Black Manhattan, a variation on the traditional whiskey and sweet vermouth drink made with amaro, which she first discovered at San Francisco’s Alembic. In this version, I throw back in a little of the sweet vermouth, as well as a touch of deep, dark nocino, an Italian green walnut liqueur, which gives the whole drink a smooth, nutty finish. Don’t forget, this recipe makes enough to serve you and a friend!

What to buy: Amaro Ramazzotti is a black-brown bittersweet Italian liqueur, usually served as a digestivo. It is one of the more common amaros around, usually available at BevMo!

Nocino is a dark brown, sweet, nutty liqueur made from green walnuts. We like Nocino della Cristina, a version from the Napa Valley, or Nux Alpina, made in the Alps. Nocino is available at BevMo! and most high-end liquor stores.

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce Amaro Ramazzotti
  • 1/2 ounce nocino
  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 4 dashes angostura bitters
  • Ice
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place 2 cocktail glasses in the freezer to chill.
  2. Place all of the ingredients except the ice in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker halfway with ice and stir vigorously until the outside is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into the chilled glasses and serve.