Sweet, delicious, and filled with citrus, The Grand Manhattan is a spectacular new twist the traditional whiskey Manhattan and it is sure to brighten up your day or night.
This recipe was created to be part of a full menu of new Manhattans during a 2010 promotion at the Gallery Bar in Los Angeles' Millenium Biltmore Hotel. It included a fantastic array of whiskey cocktails like The Big Apple Manhattan and the Central Park Manhattan, each with their own unique flavor profile.
In the Grand Manhattan, orange is the featured flavor and it uses both Grand Marnier and orange juice against a robust, 100-proof bourbon. In true Manhattan fashion, sweet vermouth is included as well and the orange garnish is fun to make, so be sure to use it.
This Manhattan is a fantastic option for any occasion and you may want to consider it for brunch as well.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a caramelized orange wheel.
(Recipe from The Gallery Bar at the Millenium Biltmore)
More Tips for Making a Great Grand Manhattan
The Liquors. Quality is key to simple drinks such as this and each of the brands recommended in the recipe are among the best options available in their individual class of distilled spirits.
I would not recommend straying much from them, but if you do, make sure they're of equal quality.
The Orange Juice. The one ingredient that is going to make or break this cocktail is the orange juice. Fresh squeezed orange juice is going to be much better than any bottled juice you can buy and at only 1 ounce per drink, it will not take much effort. The average orange yields about 2 to 3 ounces, so one or two pieces of fruit should be sufficient for a full round of drinks, if not two.
How to Caramelize an Orange Wheel
This caramelized orange wheel is a fun way to bring a little life to the average citrus garnish and it takes just a few minutes to create. If you like, prepare a few of these ahead of time and, of course, always be careful when playing with fire.
- Cut one orange wheel and toss it in granulated sugar to coat.
- Place it on aluminum foil or another non-flammable surface.
- Using a hand-held propane torch, lightly caramelize the sugar by passing the torch flame 1 to 2 inches over the surface of the orange.
- Allow to cool, flip over, and repeat.
How Strong is The Grand Manhattan?
As is the case with many 'up' style drinks, this Manhattan is not a light one. If we were to go with all of the brand recommendations in the recipe, then the finished drink would be right around 25% ABV (50 proof).