wintry manhattan

December 23rd, 2013

It’s funny being in a place where, in December you can walk outside in a sweater—dare I say even a t-shirt. No chance of snow, no wintry mix, mostly just sunshine. Being from Michigan, then Brooklyn, San Francisco is quite a change weather-wise and to be honest, I’m not missing the weather like I thought I might. We did have a bit of a cold streak the past few weeks and it was enough to get me thinking about cold-weather cocktails.

After years of hearing about it, I finally picked up a bottle St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram last week. Maybe it was me subliminally missing that cold weather, because one whiff of this liqueur and you’re instantly transported to wintertime and warm spices. I’ve been adding it to cider cocktails and it works great in them, but as I was making a Manhattan the other night, I thought, hmmm, that could be delicious. And it was—SO delicious—especially with a little freshly grated nutmeg over top. I’m happy to skip the bitter cold and just warm up instead with this deliciously serious cocktail.

Cheers! To getting festive, staying warm, and enjoying a good drink!

Wintry Manhattan

makes 1 cocktail

1 1/2 ounces whiskey1/2 ounce Italian vermouth

1/2 ounce St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

1 brandied cherry

dash of orange bitters

freshly grated nutmeg

1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the whiskey, vermouth, and dram. Stir for 15 seconds.2. Strain the cocktail into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry and freshly grated nutmeg.

Comments: 5 Total

  1. Carlinne @Cook with 2 Chicks

    December 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

    This drink sounds awesome! I love how the grated nutmeg looks as a garnish. Cheers!

  2. Katrina @ WVS

    December 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I need to get myself some of that dram!! This sounds great!

  3. Stacy

    December 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I have a pint of homemade allspice dram, and so far have only been using it to make lion’s tails. This wintery Manhattan was delicious!

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