The Ruby Manhattan is one of my favorite examples of a great variation on the versatile Manhattan cocktail. One simple substitution, ruby port for sweet vermouth completely changes the flavor of the cocktail while it still remain recognizable as a relative of the classic Manhattan.
The Ruby Manhattan
- 2 oz Rye Whiskey
- 1 oz Ruby Port
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- (optional) garnish with an orange twist and/or maraschino cherry
Gently stir all ingredients together with ice in a mixing glass. Strain the cold drink into a chilled cocktail glass and serve garnished with an orange twist or maraschino cherry. Ruby port is preferable for this cocktail for two reasons: its distinctive color and it’s level of sweetness. Unlike Tawny Port, Ruby Port is meant to be consumed while it is still young, not having been as aged as it’s lighter and sweeter cousin. Ruby Port is also oxidized as part of the production process, so it will not continue to age once bottled. Port can be pricey, but there are also a number of excellent inexpensive varieties available, most notably the Trader Joe’s brand “Porto Morgado.” Porto Morgado Ruby Port will only cost you $6.50 for 750ml and, as best I can tell from labels and stamps, is sourced from Cockburn’s which produces a number of excellent ports. The port is good enough to drink straight and also works great for mixing. Definitely a must for any bar.
Total cost per drink: $1.20