Invented by Audrey Saunders at the Pegu Club in NYC, this is an wonderful variation of the Manhattan Cocktail.
The Manhattan is such a lovely drink and it can be a lot of fun to make alterations to this classic cocktail.
The addition of the artichoke based liqueur Cynar makes this a complex, bitter and pleasing cocktail.
Grapefruits are reasonably priced and delicious this time of year -- a twist which adds an extra layer of complexity.
In my opinion, bitters makes almost every drink a little better, so I added a dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters.
The best Manhattan I ever experienced was at Employees Only. Igor at ‘EO' mixed mine with a splash of Grand Marnier, so now I add a little Orange Liqueur to my Manhattans whenever possible.
If you have all these ingredients handy, I encourage you to try my twist on Audrey Saunders' great Little Italy Cocktail. Or feel free to experiment with what you do have on hand!
1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
.25 oz Cynar
Dash Grand Marnier
Dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
2 Grapefruit Twists
Put all ingredients except for one of the Grapefruit Twists in a mixing glass. Add ice. Stir until very cold.
Double strain into a chilled Coup Glass. Add second Grapefruit Twist.