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.
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).
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.
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.
- 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
- Add all ingredients except garnish to a mixing glass and fill ice.
- Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- 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.