Inspired by the original Manhattan recipe, the Paris Manhattan is a variation that uses the St Germain liqueur instead of the Sweet Vermouth. It has a slight flowery taste from the elderflower and the lightness from the dry vermouth.
St Germain is a liqueur made from elderflowers and has a sweet flavour. Originally, the drink was named as Elderflower Manhattan but somewhere along the way came to be known as the Paris Manhattan.
- 2 shots of Rye Whiskey
- 1 shot of the St Germain liqueur
- 1/2 (half) shot of Dry Vermouth
- Couple of dashes of bitters, preferably Angostura
- Maraschino Cherry for garnish
- Add ice cubes into a martini shaker
- Add 2 shots of Rye whiskey into the shaker
- Add 1/2 shot of the Dry Vermouth into the shaker
- Add 1 shot of the St Germain liqueur into shaker
- Shake the ingredients well, about 4 to 6 times
- Add couple of dashes of bitters into a chilled martini glass
- Swirl the bitters around to coat the glass evenly
- Strain the contents of the martini shaker into the glass
- Garnish with maraschino cherries
Variations and Similar Drinks
Manhattan: A traditional manhattan drink substitutes the dry vermouth and St Germain with the sweet vermouth.
Perfect Manhattan: More a variation of the traditional manhattan, and it uses equal parts of dry and Sweet Vermouth with whiskey.
Dry Manhattan: The drink uses dry vermouth instead of the sweet vermouth.
Tips and Notes
- As with the Manhattan, you can substitute Rye Whiskey with Bourbon. Some of the recipes for Paris Manhattan actually do call for Bourbon instead of Rye.
- Use a larger proportion of the St Germain (about 1 and 1/2 shots) , especially if you prefer Perfect Manhattans over the classic Manhattans. This will make the drink slightly sweeter.
- You can use any bitters that you have available, different bitters impart a slightly different taste to the drink just as in a Manhattan. I mostly favor Angostura bitters.