Minty Manhattan cocktails are crisp and refreshing, it’s going to make happy hour a lot more interesting tonight!
Cocktail hour needs to come back.
I think that getting together at the end of the day, weather you and your spouse both work or just one of you does, you need to get together and regroup.
Check back in with each other after a long day. And as we know sometimes those days are good and sometimes they aren’t so good.
But you know one thing that is constant – if you had a good day or a bad day – a cocktail is always the right remedy.
We’ve got our standards too. Beer, wine, martinis (usually a dirty martini for Christie) and for me it’s a couple glasses of whiskey, whatever the flavor of the week is.
That’s when I like to change things up and make a cocktail that neither of us have had before, but I know we’re both going to love.
Where did I get the inspiration for this drink? From the mint.
I buy a lot of mint. Like – a lot. And usually I end up throwing most of it away because I get way more than I need for a cocktail picture or a recipe and then I’ve got mint overload.
So instead of getting rid of all of it this time, I started looking for drinks that I could make with mint. There’s a lot, of course you’ve got your Moscow Mules…Mojitos…or these Mint Juleps. But I had bourbon on the brain today.
These Minty Manhattans start by making a mint infused simple syrup – it’s the only time consuming part, I promise. But you can make it really quick and let it chill in the fridge until cocktail time.
Then all that’s left to do is shake things up!
Combine fresh mint, vermouth, a dash of bitters, (Mint Bitters works good here, you can grab it at your liquor store or on Amazon) but you can use regular bitters if you like) the mint simple syrup and of course bourbon. Shake it like crazy to bruise the mint ( you don’t want pieces floating in, just the mint flavor) and strain into a martini or high ball glass.
Now that’s what I call mixing things up at cocktail hour – good or bad day – it’s sure to get even better with a couple of these Minty Manhattans!
- 1 cup bourbon
- 2 tablespoons vermouth
- 2 tablespoons mint simple syrup
- Dash of mint or regular bitters
- 1 bunch of fresh mint
- 1/2 cup sugar
- To make the simple syrup, add 1/4 up of packed mint leave to a bowl
- Boil a half cup of water in a small sauce pan. Once boiling, add 1/2 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Let cool in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
- In a cocktail shaker, add the bourbon, 2 tablespoons of the mint syrup, the bitters, vermouth and 5-6 leaves of fresh mint.
- Shake well to bruise the mint and strain into 2 martini or high ball glasses.
- Garnish with fresh mint.