First, to dissolve the maple syrup, combine it with the rye and tequila, stirring at room temperature. Then combine all ingredients in a mixing glass full of ice. Stir while thinking about Laurel and Hardy. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish.


“I'm always trying to come up with new variations of the Manhattan (Dale DeGroff’s Man O' War recipe changed my life), and I loves me some tequila! My Lady and I just picked up some maple syrup at the local greenmarket that day, and I wanted to use it in a cocktail, so there you have it. Cheers!” Brendan Casey.

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Brendan F Casey, Café Centro, New York, NY
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Gaz Regan's Annual Manual for Bartenders: 2011

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  • First sip tasted like the tequila was going to overwhelm the drink, but it ended up blending with the other flavors. Nice variation on the Manhattan. A whole lot of orange with some pepper and smoke from the tequila.
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Dan commented on 3/02/2013:

Curated slightly to clarify which Fee bitters and adjust attribution.

This is more than slightly splendid. I'm waiting on a bottle of Rittenhouse which seems to have vanished into the aether, so I subbed Jim Beam No 12 (100 proof). The drink worked really well, with the other ingredients calming down the 'squashed ants' bourbon character. Definitely a keeper, and I'll try it again when/if the Rittenhouse appears.

laerm commented on 3/21/2015:

This is really quite good. I made a second with a little Cynar in with the vermouth to try and amp up the vegetal side, so if you'd be interested in that, it wotks.