Peach Manhattan Cocktail {with Heritage Distilling Rye Whiskey}

Yes, I’m still on a bit of a peach kick. I thought after enjoying a few of the peach bourbon iced tea cocktails my cravings would be satisfied until summer. Nope. That wasn’t the case at all. So here I am today with a recipe for a Peach Manhattan cocktail. Except this drink doesn’t contain fresh peaches. Just peach bitters, so you could enjoy it all year long. I know I will be.

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After a week long trip to Sacramento, I came home with several bottles of wine, spirits and bitters. The same thing also happened when I went on vacation to San Francisco. Apparently I can’t go out of town without buying new booze. Anyway, among all those bottles I brought home, one of them was Fee Brother’s Peach Bitters (affiliate link).

peach manhattan cocktail

The peach bitters got me thinking about a Peach Manhattan so I decided to do a little experimenting. I made three different versions of the drink at the same time. All versions had 1-1/2 ounces Heritage Distilling Company’s newly released rye whiskey and 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth (I used Dolin Rouge). The first also had 1/2 of a peach muddled and 2 dashes Angostura bitters. The second had 1 ounce peach puree (no sugar added) and 2 dashes Angostura bitters. The last had 2 dashes of peach bitters.

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A friend and I taste tested all three and determined the last variation (just peach bitters) was the one that tasted most like a Peach Manhattan. The rye comes through first in the drink and it finishes with the peach flavors. It’s what I imagined the drink would taste like. The second variation was also really good, just not very Manhattan-like. I have a feeling I’ll be playing around with that drink some more. And I’m sure I’ll share the recipe here once I have it finished.

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Peach Manhattan
A summery take on the Manhattan made with peach bitters.
Serves: 1
  • 1-1/2 ounces rye whiskey (I used Heritage Distilling Company Elk Rider Rye Whiskey)
  • ¾ ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Fee Brother's peach bitters
  • Brandied cherry for garnish
  1. Add all ingredients except garnish to a mixing glass and fill ice.
  2. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

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Note: Heritage Distilling Company sent me a bottle of their rye whiskey to enjoy. All thoughts, opinions, images and recipe are my own.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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