A cherry bomb, targeted directly at (your) Manhattan.
Vibrant cherry, a hint of vanilla, and subtle spice complements the oak flavors in dark spirits, but the flavor profile is simple enough to use wherever a touch of cherry is wanted.
You'll never need a barspoon of syrup from the Luxardo jar again.
2 oz rye, Rittenhouse or other 100 proof rye preferred
1 oz sweet vermouth, Carpano Antica preferred
1 squeeze Cocktailpunk Cherry Bitters in the mix, 1 squeeze as garnish lemon twist
Combine rye, vermouth, and one squeeze of bitters in a mixing glass. Add ice, stir, and serve up in a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist and float another squeeze of bitters.
This variation explicitly omits a marasca cherry in order to showcase the Cherry Bitters. Cocktailpunk was invented for this drink.
Rock and Rosé
Courtesy of Ms. Allison Anderson, Frasca Food and Wine
1 oz Aperol
.75 oz rosé vermouth
1.25 oz Cap Rock Gin
2 squeezes Cocktailpunk Cherry Bitters
Stir ingredients and strain to a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with thin lemon twist.
Allison is using a Cocktailpunk Americano Rosé vermouth that is made specially for Frasca, but Cocchi Rosa or Martini Rosato substitutes well.
Courtesy of Ms. Angela Battillo, Basta
1.5 oz Bulleit Rye
.5 oz Bitter Truth Kräuter Liqueur
.5 oz Bénédictine
.5 oz Contratto Vermouth Rosso
1 squeeze Cocktailpunk Cherry Bitters
5-7 drops Maca Root Extract
Stir and serve up in a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Aphrodisiac? Let us know. The Kräuter can be hard to find, a milder amaro substitutes well.