This April, Bourbon is featuring elegant riffs on one of its best-selling classics: The Manhattan.

Manhattan Month will feature five cocktails inspired by the simple but elegant Manhattan recipe -- an enduring pairing of rye, Italian vermouth and bitters.     

Now, beverage director Lidia Fernandes and general manager Jessica Dallesasse re-imagine the cocktail with modern bitters and vermouths to showcase some of the best whiskeys on Bourbon’s vast and varied shelves.

To Russia with is a tweak on Washington’s current state of political affairs, featuring D.C.-made products, including One Eight Distilling’s Untitled No. 3 (a wheated bourbon aged in barrels that previously held roasted coffee beans from D.C. roaster Vigilante Coffee) and Capitoline’s rosé vermouth. The Hillbilly Elegy (taking its name from the bestselling book by J.D. Vance) pairs Appalachian-made Smooth Ambler Old Scout American Whiskey with a hint of orange blossom and Cocchi Torino for one of the most evocative, graceful Manhattans on our list, while Tipsy on the Vermonter takes Bourbon’s own private barrel of 10-year WhistlePig rye (hand-selected at the distiller’s Vermont farm) and stirs in Vermouth Del Professore Rosso and classic angostura and orange bitters to highlight the gorgeously oaky rye.

Two Manhattans take drinkers on an international voyage: Jiro Dreams of Cookies infuses Nikka Coffey Grain whisky from Japan with toasted coconut, balancing it perfectly with the noir bitterness of Fernet-Vallet, while The All-Inclusive sizzles with El Silencio mezcal, the subtle hint of cacao nibs and leathery-oaky bite of whiskey bitters.

Manhattan Month will continue nightly March 31 through April 30. Drinks on the special menu will be $2 off during Bourbon’s nightly happy hour, Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m.

 

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