The Black Manhattan is a modern classic that only a fool would try to improve. But I am the greater fool. Averna and Mr. Black pair naturally, so I introduced it into the drink. The spicy rye notes still came through too strongly, so I wanted to mellow it out a bit more and further accentuate the Mr. Black. The Creme de Cacao did just that, adding a touch of sweetness against the rye while also creating this beautiful mocha quality with Mr. Black. Fee Brothers Aromatic adds cinnamon to the nose.
Add the rye, Mr. Black, Averna, and Creme de Cacao to a mixing glass.
Fill the mixing glass with ice. Let it sit to chill the drink. Stir to mix and dilute ingredients.
Strain into a coupe. (Served up).
Garnish with 1-2 sprays of Fee Brothers Aromatic bitters, sprayed through an atomizer. (Alternatively, before pouring the drink, rinse the coupe with several dashes of Fee Brothers Aromatic).
(Optional) Garnish with a lemon peel to the drink; do not express the oils over the drink.