When spicy rye whiskey meets the smooth, sweetly sharp flavors of Luxardo Maraschino Originale, what first looks like a simple riff on a Manhattan hops on the L Train and heads straight for Brooklyn instead. And when you top it all off with the sweet, amaretto-forward notes of our Maraschino Cherries, you get a cocktail that’s worthy of every single borough’s respect.
2 oz. rye or other whiskey
1 oz. dry vermouth
¼ oz. Luxardo Amaro Abano
¼ oz. Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherry Juice
4 dashes bitters
Luxardo Maraschino Cherries for garnish
Add liquid ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.
Stir until chilled, then strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Garnish with (at least) two Luxardo Maraschino Cherries, and enjoy!
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All the fun and flavor of a Manhattan — with a little more character thrown in.
Make this classic at home.
Luxardo Cherry Morlacco
hile many cocktails are created before
they’re named, this one took the opposite
approach. In an effort to capitalize on a
turn-of-the-century trend of creating variations on the Manhattan, then naming them after New York boroughs in the early 1900s, the Brooklyn was created to reflect many of the same characteristics as its namesake. It’s packed with history, it’s a little rough around the edges, and above all else, it’s full of character. First mentioned in print in 1908, the Brooklyn may not get as much recognition as its more well-known neighbors like the Bronx or the Manhattan, but we think it’s just as deserving of your attention.
One likely reason that this cocktail hasn’t had as widespread appeal as the rest of the Big Apple-themed drinks? The presence of Amer Picon (a bitter, slightly orange flavored apéritif from France that’s nearly impossible to find in America) in its original recipe. Luckily, an Italian amaro (like our Amaro Abano) will work just as well — and you won’t even have to deal with international shipping.
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