The Black Manhattan
- 2 oz. Rittenhouse rye
- 3/4 oz. Letherbee Fernet
- A couple dashes of bitters
Stir with ice and serve up.
The Rolling Stones sure know how to throw a party. Amidst the truckloads of heroin that flowed through the doors (and into the veins of Keith Richards) of Nellcote, the mansion in southern France that Richards rented in 1972, the Rolling Stones decided to record the album that would become Exile on Main Street.
This classic album pairs perfectly with this twist on a Black Manhattan. The traditional Black Manhattan calls for a less brash amaro, such as Averna. Fernet is hard to tame in cocktails and can overwhelm other ingredients, so you need to combine it with ingredients that have some weight, like a bourbon with a very high rye mash bill or a peppery rye like Rittenhouse. I initially planned to make this cocktail using only Chicago-made products (because Chicago is the blues and The Rolling Stones are a blues band), but I didn't think the Koval bourbon I had on hand would stand up to the Fernet.
The Black Manhattan is perfect for when a party is winding down. It may be black, but it'll shine a little light at the end of the night.