Drink Recipes

How to Make a Black Manhattan Cocktail

The Black Manhattan Cocktail is a spicey spin-off of the original Manhattan recipe. The Black Manhattan uses amaro in place of sweet vermouth. The drink is heavier in style with some light spice. The drink originates from San Fransisco USA and was adapted from the original Manhattan recipe around 2015. Try our recipe for the Black Manhattan cocktail today.

Here’s What You’re Going to Need

You’re going to need two pieces of equipment to make a Manhatten black cocktail.

  • Mixing Glass (any glass will work)
  • Stir stick or bar spoon

For the cocktail:

  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 1 oz Averna amaro
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash Orange Bitters
  • Ice cubes

For the garnish:

  • 1 cherry
  • 1 toothpick

Black Manhatten Cocktail Recipe

Black Manhattan Cocktail

Delicious black Manhattan cocktail recipe!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black manhattan cocktail, black manhattan cocktail recipe, manhattan drink recipe
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 156kcal
Cost: $5


  • Mixing Glass
  • Stir stick or bar spoon



  • 2 oz whisky
  • 1 oz averna amaro
  • 1 dash angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash orange Bitters
  • ice cubes


  • 1 cherry
  • 1 toothpick


  • Fill a mixing glass with ice & add the whisky, averna amaro, angostura bitters, and orange bitters.
  • stir the cocktail for 30-40 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a cherry on a toothpick & serve.
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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History of Black Manhattan Cocktail

The black manhattan cocktail was created by bartender Todd Smith in San Fransico, California. The drink was created at a bar named Bourban and Branch but has since become popular all around the world.

manhattan black cocktail on a stone countertop with fruit beside it and a light blue backdrop

Recipe Notes & F.A.Q’s

Note: Whiskey or Bourbon may be used depending on preferance.

I cant find Averna, What else could I use?

Averna Amero has a very distinct taste, making it hard to substitute. If you cannot find averna, try using Amaro Ramazzotti, Amaro Ciociaro, or Amaro Montenegro

What type of whiskey should I use?

Traditionally, the Black Manhattan is made with Rye. That being said it can be made with any whiskey to suit your preferance. We recommend something not too expensive as it is a mixed drink, Wisers deluxe works well.

Where can I find orange bitters?

Orange bitters can be found at your local liquor store. We use “Dillon’s Bitters Orange”.
They can also be found here.

Recipe Size Conversion

Do you want to make this cocktail for a party or event? We have you covered. This calculator will tell you how many milliliters you need for every ingredient. All you need to do is type the number of liters that you would like to make in total and the calculator will do the rest.

Some Other Ways This Drink is Made

Some key differences in this variation include: Using less rye whiskey, the use of Campari, the use of Red Vermouth and no bitters.

The main key difference in this variation is the use of Ramazzotti amaro instead of Averna amaro.

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