Making infused vermouth adds a bit of DIY flair to this classic cocktail and definitely takes it up a notch. The Housemade Spiced Red Vermouth can be used in any cocktail calling for sweet vermouth. It’s also delicious on its own, or over ice for a tasty aperitif. Garnish with edible gold flakes for a festive flair!
Housemade Spiced Red Vermouth
Makes enough for about 8 Manhattans
4 strips of orange zest
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1 slice of fresh ginger
2 whole allspice berries
5 whole cloves
10 fresh or frozen cranberries
1 ounce spiced rum
1 cup sweet red vermouth
1. Add all the ingredients in a pretty glass bottle or small decanter. Allow the mixture to infuse for at least two days before using. Flavors will intensify over time — strain if desired. Store refrigerated.
Makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce Housemade Spiced Red Vermouth (see accompanying recipe)
Dash of your favorite bitters
Garnish: Amarena cherry and cranberry on a pick
1. Measure the bourbon, infused vermouth and bitters into a mixing glass. Fill three-quarters full with ice. Stir with a bar spoon until well chilled. Strain into a coupe glass.
2. Garnish with an Amarena cherry and cranberry on a pick.
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