A Tequila Manhattan is a worthy rival to the classic Manhattan that you’ve been sipping all these years. The spicy flavor of the añejo tequila takes it in just a slightly different direction.
If you’re already a fan of a Manhattan, you’ll definitely want to give this Tequila Manhattan a try. It’s so similar to the original, but with a fun twist.
A classic Manhattan is made with rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters. It is stirred, not shaken, and served with ice or straight up with a cherry.
It’s so simple, but it’s one of the best rye drinks (we also love the Boulevardier) and it’s obviously quite popular. The Tequila Manhattan, also sometimes referred to as Distrito Federal, after Mexico City, uses Añejo tequila instead of rye.
The drink is still quite smooth and refined, but it has a spicier rather than bitter profile.
What is Añejo Tequila?
Anejo refers to the level of aging this tequila undergoes. It must be aged between 1 and 3 years in oak barrels. It leads to a smooth, full flavored tequila.
I generally wouldn’t use an aged sipping tequila for a cocktail, but this one is different. The robust aged flavor of the tequila mixes so well with the sweet vermouth. It makes a very nice digestiv cocktail.
We use Don Julio Anejo tequla, but there are many brands you can find, like Patron, Casamigos, or Corazon.
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How to Make a Tequila Manhattan
To make this drink, combine the tequila and sweet vermouth in a cocktail glass with ice and stir. I like to use a large single block of ice, but just one or two small cubes will work as well.
Add 2 dashes of bitters. Garnish with a cherry.
OTHER COCKTAILS TO TRY
A Tequila Manhattan is a great after dinner drink - strong and robust, perfect for sipping.
- 1 1/2 oz Añejo Tequila
- 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 2 dashes Bitters (any you like)
- 1 maraschino cherry, to garnish
- Combine the tequila, sweet vermouth, and bitters in a glass with ice and stir. Garnish with a marashino cherry.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g
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