Some people like to say you shouldn’t mess with a classic, but I’m convinced that that’s just because they haven’t had a Maple Manhattan yet.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love me a proper traditional Manhattan, but there’s something downright alchemical about the way sweet maple and spicy rye bring out each other’s very best qualities without compromising on what makes the Manhattan such a damn fine cocktail to begin with… no fizzy mixers, no frou-frou umbrellas, no fruity neon-coloured liqueurs, no nonsense.
Admittedly, I have a soft spot for Manhattans in general. It’s entirely sentimental… where some couples have “our song”, but my husband and I like to think of the Manhattan as “our cocktail”. (We’re not alcoholics, I swear. We just love us some old-school cocktails.)Continue Reading