The other night my husband and I were in dire need of a manhattan. Our toddler has put us threw the ringer this week. Think not falling asleep until 8:30-9 (FAR too late for my kid) and thus waking up at or before 6am, potty training, fully weaning—all of which have brought on this horrible, new brattiness.
One and done this week folks. One. And. Done.
So when my husband went to grab some vermouth to make us our liquid comfort…
We were out! We then went on to frantically scoured the internet for vermouth substitutes and we came across the recipe below. This recipe uses Lillet in place of vermouth. Lillet is a lovely blend of wines and citrus-y liqueurs. This cocktail was very similar to the manhattan and old fashioned. It’s just not as sweet or spicy, and more citrus-y. We both really liked it. It was a nice subtle change from our usual and got the job done.
- 2 ounces bourbon (we used bulleit rye)
- 1 ounce Lillet Rouge
- 1/2 Grand Marnier
- 1 thin orange slice
- 1 maraschino cherry (not technically part of the classic marquis recipe but I like my maraschino cherries so, it got thrown in)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the bourbon, Lillet Rouge and Grand Marnier. Shake until well chilled (I think the standard recipe says stir but we don’t have a proper stir-er and we’re lazy these days…see above detailed description of our week). Fill an old fashioned glass, like pictured, with ice, then strain the cocktail shaker contents. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.