Thanks to a close friend of mine from Sonoma, I finally got my hands on a bottle of Sonoma Distilling Company's Cherrywood Rye. My friend needed a weekend away from tribulations of a divorce so I invited her out to enjoy the beautiful spring wildflowers of the desert and chill out from all the legal proceedings. She came in towing her luggage and a gift box full of some of my favorite Sonoma county goodies and tucked right in there was a bottle of that lovely wine country rye. I have been wanting to get my hands on a bottle for ages but my zip code never brought up a local source on their website so thank the Booze Gods for best friends.
After she settled in I poured us both a glass over ice to savor the rye as she vented over her departing mate. Taking a cue from that, I immediately decided a chocolate Manhattan was next, mixed two up then handed hers to her saying, "You don't need a man, you need a Manhattan!"
It was the perfect, smokey, chocolate liquid elixir for a woman in the throes of a divorce and worked out beautifully for today's International Women's Day cocktail. I just wish she'd brought two bottles.
You Don't Need A Man,
You Need A MANHATTAN!
A Chocolate & Rye Whiskey Manhattan Cocktail
2 Oz Sonoma County Cherrywood Rye Whiskey
1 Oz Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1/2 Oz Cinzano Rosso Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters
1 Dash Angostura Orange Bitters
Garnish: Brandied Cherry, Orange Twist
Chill your glasses.
Fill a cocktail pitcher with ice. Add the ingredients and stir until chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass.
Garnish and serve.
Cheers to you, my dear friend, come back soon and bring me that second bottle. (And some Gravenstein cider!)
International Women's Day is March 8th.
PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY