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A Bourbon Sale, A Gift On Us, And The Perfect 212 Manhattan 

That’s right. Through April 30th, 2019 we have the great Larceny Wheated Bourgon (1.75ML) on sale, and we’re giving away a bottle of Dolin Vermouth Rouge (375ml) with your purchase, all to convince you to learn how to make the perfect 212 Manhattan.  

212 is an iconic area code for Manhattan, and it’s an easy way to remember the quantities for one perfectly made Manhattan.  


Cheers to Larceny – and to never forgetting how to make a Manhattan again! 

1.75ml Larceny Wheated Bourbon is $44.99 (compare to $49.99) through April 30th, 2019


Southside Manhattan, a SCLT Cocktail Recipe with Sage Honey Syrup

Southside Manhattan - cocktail recipe with rye whiskey and sage honey syrup

Bottles is proud to be a supporter of Southside Community Land Trust. SCLT is a fantastic organization and forceful change agent for community food security, providing land, education, tools, and support for people to grow food for themselves in greater Providence, Rhode Island.

This past Tuesday was a fundraising event, the 11th annual Harvesting Hope. Attendees enjoyed seasonal small plates featuring fresh ingredients grown on SCLT land, delicious wines from Bottles, and silent and live auctions.

The experts at Bottle created the Southside Manhattan special for the event; it’s a cocktail that uses fresh sage and honey that are grown and made by SCLT.

Try making your own Southside Manhattan at home!

First, make a batch of the Sage Honey Syrup, and combine with rye whiskey & a dash of orange bitters.

It’s yum. And a great way to use fresh, local ingredients in your cocktail.



– 2 oz. Rye Whiskey
– 1 oz. Sage Honey Syrup*
– Dash of Angostura Orange Bitters

Stir all ingredients over ice, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a whole sage leaf.
Alternatively, stir ingredients over ice & strain into a tall glass filled with ice; garnish.

– 1 cup water
– ½ cup honey
– 10 fresh sage leaves

In a pot over high heat, bring water, honey, and sage to a boil. Reduce heat to low & simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and allow the mixture to cool completely. Remove sage.


How to make a sage honey syrup


Masko’s Manhattan Recipe

Masko's Manhattan - Cocktail Recipe

Looking for a magical Manhattan cocktail recipe? John Masko (a friend of Bottles) has concocted this special drink that features White Ginger Infused Simple Syrup from Sonoma Syrup Company.

To make their White Ginger Simple Syrup, Sonoma Syrup Co. infuses fresh white ginger in pure cane syrup, resulting in a peppery, sweet taste. It can enhance loads of cocktails, but is especially ideal for Masko’s Manhattan, a combination of Knob Creek Bourbon, Ramazzotti Amaro, and the amazingly delicious Luxardo cherry.


— 3 oz Knob Creek Bourbon
— 3/4 oz Ramazzotti Amaro
— 1 1/2 teaspoons (1/4 oz) White Ginger Infused Simple Syrup from Sonoma Syrup Company (shake the syrup well before dispensing)
— Luxardo cherries

Add the three liquid ingredients to a shaker 2/3 full of ice.  Shake longer than usual with ice (I shake to a slow count of 40) and strain into a chilled cocktail glass; because of the intense flavors of all of the ingredients, prolonged shaking is necessary.  Garnish with one or two Luxardo cherries and lightly pull a Luxardo-syrup-coated fork through the cocktail after you place the cherry, leaving a fading swirl of syrup.

 (The measurement of Bourbon and Ramazzotti is not as critical as that of the ginger syrup: under or over-measuring the syrup can give a very different character to the cocktail.)

Recipe by John Masko

4 Classic Bourbon Cocktails for Fall

There’s nothing like that warm whiskey feelin’ to help adjust to cooler nights. So, to ready yourself for fall, here are a few of our favorite bourbon cocktail recipes. They’re classic, easy to make, and delicious to boot!

– The Stone Fence incorporates freshly pressed apple cider…live dangerously (like we do) and try a Tripping Hazard as well. Our own ‘special’ recipe, a Tripping Hazard uses Downeast Hard Cider instead of regular ‘ole apple cider. It’s the Dark N’ Stumbly of the fall!

– A Whiskey Fizz is good for your digestion, and gets you tipsy at the same time.

– Need that sophisticated look? Make a Manhattan — be sure to use Luxardo maraschino cherries — they’re possibly the best maraschino cherries out there.

To shop the recommended bourbons & ingredients, swing by Bottles, and look for our Bourbon Special display. And if you’d like to learn more about our featured whiskeys this fall, you can read our latest post here to learn even more.

Perfect to lay out at your next party!


Stone Fence

2 oz. Bourbon (Evan Williams 1783)
Bitters (Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters)
Fresh pressed apple cider

Get a big glass & fill with ice. 
Pour in 2 ounces of bourbon (Evan Williams 1783), and maybe, just maybe a dash of bitters. Fill with Freshly pressed cider from your local orchard. Drink it!

trippingTripping Hazard (our ‘special’ recipe)

2 oz. Bourbon (Evan Williams 1783)
Bitters (Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters)
Downeast Cider

Get a big glass & fill with ice, p
our in 2 ounces of Bourbon and maybe, just maybe a dash of bitters.  Fill with Downeast Cider. Drank it!


Whiskey Fizz


2 oz. bourbon (Rittenhouse Rye)
1/2 oz. simple syrup
Half a lemon
Seltzer water
Mint, lemon zest, or fruit garnish

Get a highball or similar glass & fill with crushed ice, a
dd 1/2 oz. simple syrup, pour in 2 oz. bourbon (Rittenhouse Rye), and squeeze in half a lemon. Stir the bejeezus out of it, top with seltzer water, and garnish with mint, lemon zest, and/or fruit.


Just make a Manhattan, Dangit

3 oz. bourbon (Henry McKenna)
1/2 oz. vermouth (or more to taste, use Noilly Prat Vermouth)
Bitters (Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters)
Maraschino cherry

Get your best martini glass. I
n a shaker, add 3 ounces Bourbon (Henry McKenna), toss in a few dashes of bitters, and add 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth (or more, to taste). Shake the living heck out of it & strain into your cocktail glass. Drop a maraschino cherry in there and act sophisticated.

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Manhattan Cocktail Recipe for the Holidays

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As part of the Bottles Bourbon feature, here is a simple but delicious Manhattan cocktail recipe made from our recommended Bourbons, Vermouths, and Bitters. All of the bourbons and drink ingredients in this blog post are available at our fine wine, beer and liquor store in Providence, Rhode Island. Contact Us

A classic cocktail, Manhattans are easy to make, easy to drink, and can be simply modified to suit one’s taste. The hallmark of a Manhattan is cold, cold Bourbon, whose toasty, oaky vanilla notes are being balanced by the vermouth’s sweet herbal flavor, with the bitters holding to sweetness in check & the cherry adding a touch of fruit.

In perhaps the simplest method, a Manhattan can be broken down as follows:

Ingredient List
* 2 Pts. Bourbon
* 1 Pt. Sweet Vermouth
* 1 Dash of Bitters
* Garnish with a Cherry

Stir over crushed ice & strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

The particular Bourbon (or Rye!) is up to you, as is the brand of vermouth & bitters. I like to make my Manhattans with Eagle Rare (when I’m feeling fancy) or W.L. Weller Special Reserve, both from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky. Eagle Rare is a Bourbon that exhibits pronounced flavors of fruity cherry in the finish, and is therefore well suited to a Manhattan. W.L. Weller is a wheated whiskey, meaning that a portion of wheat has been added to the corn & grain before distillation. This softens the whiskey, and makes for a very light & refreshing cocktail.

easy best manhattan "how to make"

For Vermouth, I very much prefer Dolin Rouge. It’s less sugary sweet than many of its counterparts, with a delightfully full, herbal flavor. When mixed with bourbon & Peychaud’s Bitters (a true American original, lighter & more floral than Angostura bitters) you get a killer combination.

The great thing about cocktails like the Manhattan is that you can alter them to be stronger or weaker, more or less fruity, sweeter or drier, as your taste or the occasion dictates. They can also be made in advance, left in a pitcher in your fridge, and doled out as necessary – saving you lots of time mixing when company is over.

Try our other Bourbon Cocktails:

Find more videos and cocktail ideas on our YouTube channel and our Cocktail Recipe Page.