This is a fine example of how high-proof spirits can make a cocktail better. A 100-plus-proof rye such as Wild Turkey or Rittenhouse, plus the 110-proof green Chartreuse, add a high-octane twist to a classic Manhattan.
If it's too intense for your taste, use yellow Chartreuse instead (which the original calls for). If you don't have Punt e Mes (a bitter Italian vermouth), substitute a 2:1 mix of sweet vermouth and Campari.
- 2 ounces rye whiskey, such as Wild Turkey or Rittenhouse
- 1/2 ounce green Chartreuse
- 1/2 ounce Punt e Mes
- Twist of lemon peel, for garnish
Fill a mixing glass halfway with ice. Add the rye whiskey, green Chartreuse and Punt e Mes. Stir vigorously, then strain into chilled cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with the twist of lemon peel.
Adapted from a recipe by Michael McIlroy, bartender at Milk & Honey in New York.
Tested by Michael Taylor.
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