A classic cocktail featuring whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters; the Manhattan is zhuzh-ed up here, removing the liquor while adding some “grandeur” to this sophisticated, upscale alternative.
- 2 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
- 1 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- 1 oz vanilla simple syrup (recipe below)
- 2-3 dashes of peach bitters
- Blood orange wheel, for garnish
- Edible gold flakes, for garnish
Fill a shaker with ice. Add the cranberry juice, blood orange juice, vanilla-infused simple syrup, and peach bitters to the shaker. Shake well to mix. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass. Express the blood orange wheel over the drink to release its essential oils, then use it to garnish the drink. Sprinkle a few edible gold flakes over the drink for a touch of elegance. Serve immediately and enjoy.
This Soft Manhattan is a sophisticated, upscale version of the classic cocktail. The use of blood orange juice adds a bright, juicy flavor and a striking, reddish-orange color. The vanilla-infused simple syrup provides a sweet, floral flavor, and the peach bitters provide a fruity, floral aroma. The edible gold flakes add a touch of elegance and glamour, making this drink perfect for a special occasion or an upscale event.