Stir, strain into either a coupe, up, or an old fashioned glass with a large cube/sphere. Garnish with a grapefruit peel, expressed.

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  • Made with 6 dashes Peychaud's and 6 dashes orange bitters. Surprisingly good! — ★★★★★
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I hesitated making this libation, as I lacked the black mission fig bitters, but because "Springtime in Manhattan" is a variation of one of my favorite cocktails (the traditional "Manhattan"), I pressed on. Given the grapefruit forward overtones of this libation, I used 6 drops of Bittercube's Jamaican #2 bitters and 6 drops of Dead Rabbit's Orinoco bitters as a substitute for the black mission fig bitters.

The black mission fig is a favorite fruit of mine, so I have a hunch how the fig bitters would taste in this drink. What I used, I'm sure, did not even approximate the fig bitters; however, the bitters substitutes proved to be suitable to the task, and I would recommend them if you, too, lack the black mission fig bitters. I easily rated "Springtime in Manhattan" at 4.5. How would you rate this libation? And do you have any suggestions to replace the fig bitters?

Curious if the Brooklyn Hemispherical fig bitters have a strong cinnamon component. Can't find them where I live, so I made it with a local source, AZ Bitter Labs Figgy Pudding. I found the cinnamon in their bitters overpowering for this drink.