Thursday, August 23, 2012

Manhattan Variations: Coney Island

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.

Coney Island
  • 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.


  1. Punt e Mes seems to mitigate the kiddy ride aspect though.

    1. Definitely. This has narrative—the sweetness is a first impression. I had two in rapid succession to be sure. ;-)

  2. Punt e Mes is a must. I tried this with a Vya (the closest analogue I could find in the unexpected Vermouth desert of Friday night Park Slope and while lovely, it didn't have the...perhaps complexity is the word that I'm looking for. Very tasty though, even with the substitute.


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