February is here! Can you believe it? I kind of can’t—this year is flying by already! But even though it’s whizzing by doesn’t mean we can’t have fun, right? This is a drink I’ve been playing with for a while—it’s a bit of an experiment and it’s strong. 100% booze in fact, so beware. I can’t remember where I was, but I had an orange manhattan and it was so lovely, I had to come home and try to make my own. This is pretty close. It’s as boozy, delicious and relaxing as a regular manhattan, but with a hint of orange both in the flavor and scent. So if you like manhattan’s and you’re looking to mix it up a bit, try this out.
Cheers! To February, the weekend and boozy drinks!
makes one strong drink
1 1/2 ounces whiskey
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
3/4 ounce orange liqueur like cointreau
dash of orange bitters
orange peel to garnish
Combine the whiskey, vermouth, orange liqueur and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and stir for about 30 seconds—you’re looking to melt a fair amount of ice.
Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with the orange peel, then strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with the orange peel. Cheers!