Bourbon, Port, and Cider Syrup “Manhattan”

Bourbon, Port, and Cider Syrup “Manhattan”

This recipe is a seasonally appropriate play on the classic Manhattan.  If you’re thinking, “YUCK!  I can’t stand Manhattans,” stop.  This recipe tastes nothing like the original.  Traditionally, a Manhattan consists of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.  It’s delicious and classic.  But if a traditional Manhattan is a cup of black coffee, this is a venti caramel macchiato with whip cream and extra caramel, please.

A healthy dose of smoky bourbon is mellowed by the dried fruit and caramel flavors of tawny port.  Apple cider reduced to a syrup provides additional sweetness, apple-fruitiness, and (believe it or not) acidity to balance all of the caramel sweetness.  Several dashes of Angostura bitters add a spice note; clove, allspice, nutmeg, and maybe some anise?  This is definitely one of those drinks that will sneak up on you, though.  Despite having quite a bit of alcohol in it, it tastes more like a caramel apple dessert.  Watch out!

Bourbon, Port, and Cider Syrup “Manhattan”

Kick back this weekend and enjoy this cooler fall weather with a drink that is sure to remind your taste buds of all the great flavors that this season has to offer. And make this Apple Cider Syrup! I am sure you can find many uses for it and we will be sharing a few more over the coming weeks.

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Bourbon, Port, and Cider Syrup “Manhattan”
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 1 Drink
  • 2 ½ oz. bourbon
  • 1 oz. tawny port
  • 1 ½ oz. apple cider syrup (see recipe here)
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker that has been filled with ice. Shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass (in the pictures I have swirled caramel around the glass and garnished it with a thin slice of apple).



  1. says

    This would be a very warming drink for a cold night. It’s been ages since I had a drink of port! I had a peek at the cider syrup recipe, does sound awesome on pork!

    • says

      I love port, so yummy, this time of the year especially. And yes, the apple cider syrup is worth making. We have added it many sauces and dinners lately. Hope you enjoy it.

  2. says

    This is the perfect Thanksgiving drink! I have been experimenting with making mixed drinks at home. This looks like something I could easily make, and it sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings.


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