The Bittersweet Symphony

Barrel-aged for one month, this unique Manhattan recipe—with Portland’s Temperance Trader bourbon, two kinds of vermouth, and Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters—is worth the wait. Mike Robertson, Head Bartender of The Driftwood Room in Portland, Oregon, demonstrates the recipe in our video Six Manhattans in 60 Seconds.

The Bittersweet Symphony The Bittersweet Symphony
Head Bartender Mike Robertson of Driftwood Room in Portland, Oregon gave us the recipe for this Manhattan variation using Temperance Trader bourbon.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail


  • 1 12 oz. Temperance Trader bourbon
  • 12 oz. Pelinkovac
  • 12 oz. Punt e Mes
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters


  1. Place the bourbon, Pelinkovac, vermouth, and bitters into a shaker over ice and shake well. Pour the mixture into a barrel and age it for about a month before serving.