I’ve got the important parts of my Thanksgiving menu covered with Herb Roasted Turkey with Gravy, Roast Asparagus with Red Potatoes and Mushrooms, and Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting for dessert. But my Thanksgiving menu just isn’t complete without a cocktail. This year I decided to keep things simple, and that mantra is continuing with the cocktail I selected. This Maple Manhattan recipe looks simple but still keeps with the season thanks to the addition of maple syrup. I think it sounds good, but my husband is not on board. So let’s find out if this holiday twist on a classic cocktail works.
A classic Manhattan gets a fall twist some maple syrup in this Maple Manhattan.
Since the original Manhattan cocktail is a favorite around here, I had most of the ingredients on hand. Sweet vermouth, bitters, maraschino cherries, and maple syrup—check. Surprisingly, I didn’t have the most important ingredient of all: the bourbon. Gasp! Thankfully Mr. Pinner was gracious enough to stop at the liquor store and pick up a bottle of Knob Creek. He can be such a sweetie!
No surprise, I’m sure, that this cocktail was very easy to make. It’s really just a matter of adding everything but the cherry to a cocktail shaker, giving it a good shake, then pouring drinks over ice and dropping in a maraschino cherry to garnish.
My Maple Manhattan was ready in three minutes. Well, I had two Manhattans ready in that amount of time since I doubled the recipe. I had to make one for me and one for my husband to try. The verdict? Check the review below to find out which of us was right about the Maple Manhattan.