Using the ratio for a Manhattan as inspiration, I started with a rye base and played with the sweet/dry balance that the vermouth usually offers. Amer is a French aperitif with flavors of bitter orange and gentian root. (AMERican Dad, get it? Ha?) Dry vermouth is often called “French vermouth,” so it’s no surprise the two play well together in this drink. The maraschino liqueur adds a little sweetness and a nutty flavor that complements the rye. And of course where would we be without our good friend bitters?
2 oz rye whiskey
1/2 oz amer
1/4 oz dry vermouth
1/4 oz maraschino liqueur
1 dash orange bitters
Stir with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.
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