Bulleit Proof Manhattan Cocktail
On the menu at the renowned Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, this reinvented classic is a must-try for bourbon fanatics. The recipe cleverly replaces the typical sweet vermouth with the deep sweet-and-sour flavor of cherries, balanced by the spicy undertone of fresh rosemary and warmth of good bourbon.
- 1 8 ounce jar Amarena Italian cherries or quality jarred cherries in syrup
- 3 rosemary sprigs
- 4 ounces Bulleit bourbon
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 cup water
Strain the cherry syrup into a small pot and add ½ cup water. Toss in the rosemary and place over medium heat. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, remove from heat, and let the rosemary steep in the cherry syrup as it cools to infuse the flavor. Once cool, put the cherries back in the syrup and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 to 2 days.
Combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of the cherry syrup in a shaker with ice; shake it up really well to break the ice into shards. Strain the cocktail into 2 chilled martini glasses. Spear a couple of cherries on 2 rosemary sprigs and use to garnish the cocktail.