When it comes to classic cocktails there are few that are more popular than a Manhattan. A true sipping drink that shows off the true nature of the spirit, in this case Whiskey or Bourbon. But like many popular drinks, there are many variations on a good thing. For those of us who prefer Rum over other spirits, there is hope. You may or may not have heard of the Cuban Manhattan which substitutes whiskey with Dark Rum and uses 50/50 sweet and dry vermouth. Give that a try and then move on up to our version we call the RumHattan. Rather than throw on another fancy name, RUM is what this cocktail is all about. Not just RUM, but three RUMs. Certainly there are great sipping rums that work very well on their own in a Manhattan recipe. But, combining three widely available rums into a blend makes for a perfect version of this classic drink. Also, visit the wiki page for some good reading about this tasty beverage.
2.5 ounces RumHattan blend
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash Regan's Orange bitters
In a mixing glass or shaker, combine all ingredients with ice. Stir well or roll, do not shake. Strain into a rocks or lowball glass with a single large ice cube and REAL maraschino cherry. Twist a large piece of fresh orange peel over the top of the drink to release the oils, drop into drink. Regan's bitters is optional, you can substitute 2 dashes of Angostura instead of the 50/50 that we prefer.