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Caramel Rye Manhattan

Sometimes a long day of work just screams for an indulgent cocktail.  I fell in love with this cocktail when I had it out for dinner one night in Atlanta.  After a few tries I finally recreated it.  The secret is the walnut and orange bitters — they’re right on the mixers aisle.  Those little dashes kick the whole thing into high gear! 


2 oz rye whisky

¾ oz sweet vermouth

2 dashes walnut bitters

2 dashes orange bitters

Splash turbinado sugar simple syrup



Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly for one minute.  Strain in a martini class and serve with a flamed orange peel. 


For the turbinado sugar simple syrup — just combine one part of turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw) with two parts water and heat over medium heat until dissolved.  Cool and store in the fridge.  This adds a depth of flavor that lends itself to caramel.  It’s delicious!


I’m Bert Wesley Huffman, and I am NOT a lifestyle expert. But, like you, I’m a southerner who understands that time spent with family and friends is time well spent. These are a few of my favorite tips for feeding and entertaining the special... more