When people first learn I have a passion for mixology they often ask me what my favourite cocktail is, a question I’m never quite sure how to answer. Like films, music or floral-print shirts, there are so many variables that factor in to what my favourite is at any given time I can only ever offer up a list of several, and even that changes on a regular basis. A single favourite cocktail? I’m far too indecisive for that.
Right now the colder autumn nights are creeping in, I’m fighting a loosing battle against a serious case of man flu, and I’m getting itchy feet after my summer galavanting around America and Europe. Tonight I’m in definite need of a warm, cozy drink to brush away these autumn blues and wrap its comforting arms around me, and thankfully I came across just the trick last month whilst at BCB.
- 1½ shots / 50 ml / 1½ oz El Dorado 12-year-old rum
- ½ shot / 15 ml / ½ oz Carpano Antica Formula
- 2 dashes The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters
- 1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
- Stir all ingredients with ice and strain in to a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange zest twist.
Created by Bastian Heuser, Traveling Mixologist and writer for Mixology Magazine, the Guyana Manhattan is a fairly simple twist on the classic drink, replacing rye whisky with a fine Demerara rum from Guyana. The result is a wonderful mix of deep aromatics and rich sweetness, held together precisely by a mixture of bitters and tempered perfectly with the brightness of the orange zest.
It is at once a familiar Manhattan and a new, unexplored drink. Simple to make, amazing to drink, tonight I think this might be my favourite cocktail. Tomorrow though? Who knows…
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