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Maple Manhattan

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.

Recipe Author: Pam at Sidewalk Shoes
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The Ingredients

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!

Maple Manhattan Ingredients
Sweet vermouth, bourbon, bitters, maple syrup, and maraschino cherries

The Process

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.

The Equipment

So how was it?

Clear & Accurate Directions
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With just a touch of maple syrup, this cocktail stays true to its Manhattan roots and pays homage to the fall season. Like it’s namesake, the Bourbon n is the star of the show. I could barely taste the maple syrup, but I knew it was there. And did the husband like it? Yes! We both enjoyed this Manhattan recipe and it was easy enough for him to bartend while I cooked. Perfect!
I'm Candice, and I'm The Hungry Pinner. I created this blog to share my love for cooking and my experiences with the MANY recipes I've found on Pinterest over the years. Join me as I blog my way through those recipes to find out if they are worth trying yourself.


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