The Black Manhattan is a sophisticated twist on the classic Manhattan cocktail, substituting the sweet vermouth with Averna, an Italian amaro that provides a rich, slightly bitter depth to the drink. This variation maintains the strong, spirit-forward profile of the original while introducing complex herbal and caramel notes. It’s perfect for those who appreciate a traditional Manhattan but are seeking a new flavor experience.


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce Averna amaro
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish
  • Orange peel, for garnish (optional)


  1. Chill the Glass: Begin by placing your cocktail glass in the freezer to chill for a few minutes. A chilled glass will enhance the drinking experience.
  2. Mix the Cocktail: In a mixing glass, combine the rye whiskey, Averna amaro, and Angostura bitters. Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes.
  3. Stir: Stir the mixture for about 30 seconds, or until well chilled. The goal is to dilute the cocktail slightly while ensuring it’s served cold.
  4. Strain: Strain the cocktail into the chilled glass. A fine-mesh strainer can be used to ensure no ice chips enter the drink.
  5. Garnish: Garnish with a maraschino cherry and, if desired, an orange peel. To use the orange peel, twist it over the drink to release its oils, then rub it around the rim of the glass before adding it to the drink.
  6. Serve: Serve the Black Manhattan immediately, inviting the drinker to enjoy the nuanced flavors and aromatic garnishes.


  • Experiment with different brands of rye whiskey to find one that complements the Averna amaro. A spicy, bold rye works particularly well in this cocktail.
  • The quality of the maraschino cherry can make a difference. Consider using a high-quality or artisanal cherry for the best taste and presentation.
  • For a slightly sweeter version, you can add a small amount of simple syrup to the mixing glass before stirring.

Nutrition Facts (approximation):

  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Protein: 0g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Serves: 1

The Black Manhattan offers a complex and intriguing twist on a classic cocktail, perfect for sipping slowly and savoring its rich flavors. Whether you’re a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or looking to expand your palate, this drink provides a delightful exploration of the depth and versatility of whiskey and amaro combinations.

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