Black Forest Manhattan

Black Forest Manhattan
Black Forest Manhattan
This sweet whisky-based cocktail is the alcoholic equivalent of a chocolate-covered cherry.Anna Stockwell

Inspired by the decadently boozy cherry-and-chocolate German Black Forest Cake, this sweet take on the classic Manhattan is holiday-party-ready. You will have plenty of leftover syrup for other uses; it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Black Forest Manhattan
Inspired by the decadently boozy cherry-and-chocolate German Black Forest Cake, this sweet take on the classic Manhattan is holiday-party-ready.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail

For the Cherry Syrup

  • 1 cup sour cherry juice, plus more for rim of glass
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup kirsch (cherry-flavored liqueur)

For the Cocktail & Glass

  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. superfine sugar
  • 3 oz. whiskey
  • 4 dashes chocolate bitters
  • 34 oz. bitters
  • 1 pitted sour cherry, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Make the cherry syrup: In a saucepan, bring cherry juice and granulated sugar to a boil; remove from heat. Allow to cool. Stir in kirsch. Chill.
  2. Rim the glass: In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and superfine sugar. Pour the mixture onto a plate. Pour some cherry juice into a wide, shallow bowl. Dip the rim of a martini glass into the juice, then dip it into the cocoa mixture to create a thin chocolate ring.
  3. Make the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker 34 filled with ice, add whiskey, 34 ounces cherry syrup, and bitters. Shake vigorously until well-chilled. Pour into rimmed martini glass. Garnish with cherry.