We probably don’t need to tell you that a classic Manhattan is an ideal drink to close out your night. Rich and robust, the simple union of brawny rye (or bourbon) and sweet vermouth, it evens out the intensity of whiskey with the smooth, complex vermouth—stiff but, in its way, still soothing.But if you are a lover of agave spirits, then combine the best of both worlds and try a good añejo tequila Manhattan variation.Añejo translates to “aged,” and denotes a tequila that spends between one and three years in oak barrels. That aging process lends its characteristics we associate with brown spirits, like bourbon or brandy—notes of caramel and toffee, added weight and body. As such, añejo tequilas often make for fascinating variations on whiskey classics. Combine Chula Parranda Anejo with the sweet vermouth of choice, as well as mole bitters swapped in for the usual Angostura, which picks up on the theme of the Mexican tequila. The result has the weight and heft of a Manhattan, but with the unmistakable character of agave, and mole bitters adding a subtle complimentary note of chocolate, cinnamon, and spice. Warm, complex, with a nuanced sweetness, it’s a drink to nurse and savor, as every great nightcap should be. A great cocktail to have with dessert without being too sweet, or enjoy to just sip and relax before turning in for the night.
- 2 Oz Chula Parranda Añejo tequila
- 1 Oz sweet vermouth
- 2 Dashes Mole Bitters
- 1 Dash Garnish of choice
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, and stir until thoroughly chilled.
- Strain into a chilled coupe or over a large whiskey cube.
- Garnish with a cherry, orange twist, or lime twist which compliments the tequila wonderfully.