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.



 ¾ oz Rye Whiskey
 ¾ oz Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
 ¾ oz Averna
 ½ oz Creme de Cacao



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.

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  1. michael.c.polovich 13 October 2021 at 3:39 am

    Let me know if you have questions about the recipe. Enjoy!

  2. Julia Wallin 14 October 2021 at 2:02 am

    Sounds amazing!

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