This month’s Mixology Monday topic was near and dear to our hearts – the topic was “The Manhattan”. (I think just about everyone knows that’s Chris’ favorite cocktail, and definitely within my top 5!)

With this cocktail I’ve decided to take our Manhattan a little … south.  Well, South and West, to be specific. We’re using Rum instead of whiskey and chocolate bitters in the place of Angostura. I’m looking for a little more of a pre-Colombian spicy sweet flavor – and this one brought it!

Thanks Frederic for an awesome topic and hosting once again this month!



This take on the Manhattan uses rum and chocolate bitters to bring out a completely different side of this classic cocktail.
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  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth (We used punt y mes)
  • 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters (We used Fee Brothers)


  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir to chill.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with a lemon zest.