Honestly, I’m not sure where I first noticed the Blackberry Manhattan, though the version on the Leopold Bros site makes reference to a swell-sounding product I have yet to try, Blackberry Whiskey. Mine’s a bit closer to the Tim Knittle version, a noble creation. I present my version simply as a spontaneous riff on the very good idea of blackberry and bourbon together.
- 2 oz bourbon (Buffalo Trace)
- 1/2 oz sweet vermouth (Dolin)
- 1 barspoon blackberry brandy (Leopold Bros blackberry liqueur)
- 1 dash Fee Bros Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters
- Lemon twist
ROWEN, FOGGED IN LOUNGE
Sort of a fuller, rounder Manhattan on the front, the blackberry comes in subtly as the drink develops, reminiscent of those blackberry or currant fruit gums I loved as a kid. A fine way to kick off the season.