I was looking for distinctive riffs on the immortal Manhattan and spotted this chocolate version, an original by Frederic at Cocktail Virgin Slut. It’s like a cross between a Manhattan and one of those forbidden ice cream things you buy on Surf Avenue thinking you really shouldn’t but it’s like some kind of twisted heaven. It’s even got the little malty thing like the cone or the wafers or whatever. And it tastes more and more like a Manhattan and less like a kiddy ride as you get to the bottom—until you pop the red cherry.
2 oz Old Overholt
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 crème de cacao (Marie Brizard)
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Maraschino cherry. SOURCE: FREDERIC, COCKTAIL VIRGIN SLUT
Some notes on my cocktail life in San Francisco—mostly thoughts about classics or an idea I’m working on. Once in a while, I even go out and drink someone else’s liquor. (I try to take pictures to prove it.)