The Slope


Recipe: The Slope (serves one)

  • 2 1/2 oz. rye
  • 3/4 oz. Punt e Mes vermouth
  • 1/4 oz. apricot liqueur
  • 2 dashes (1/4 tsp.) Angostura bitters
  • maraschino cherry

Stir liquid ingredients with ice. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with the cherry.

The basic formula for a Manhattan is whiskey, aromatized wine, and bitters. We’ve posted quite a few variations, ranging from the Greenpoint to the Barolo Chinato Manhattan to the Vieux Carré. But we’d never had a variant involving apricot liqueur until we found this recipe from New York bartender Julie Reiner. The liqueur’s fruitiness is balanced by the Punt e Mes, which is on the bitter side as vermouths go. If you like Manhattans, this is definitely one to try.

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