CHOW’s former food editor Aida Mollenkamp turned me on to the Black Manhattan, a variation on the traditional whiskey and sweet vermouth drink made with amaro, which she first discovered at San Francisco’s Alembic. In this version, I throw back in a little of the sweet vermouth, as well as a touch of deep, dark nocino, an Italian green walnut liqueur, which gives the whole drink a smooth, nutty finish. Don’t forget, this recipe makes enough to serve you and a friend!
What to buy: Amaro Ramazzotti is a black-brown bittersweet Italian liqueur, usually served as a digestivo. It is one of the more common amaros around, usually available at BevMo!
Nocino is a dark brown, sweet, nutty liqueur made from green walnuts. We like Nocino della Cristina, a version from the Napa Valley, or Nux Alpina, made in the Alps. Nocino is available at BevMo! and most high-end liquor stores.
For more, see our classic Manhattan Cocktail recipe.