The Black Manhattan is a favoured cocktail in this household, for good reason. As one who’d never turn down the chance to enjoy a respectable rye whiskey (something that’s latterly become far easier in the UK) this Manhattan variant is all the excuse I need, marrying well with Averna‘s dark sugar aromatics. Anyhow, this post is meant to be about rum, so I’ll move on. There’s a through line here, I promise you.
I was casting about for a quick spritz-ish recipe in a pre-prandial vein and my eyes alighted on a bottle of Amaro Montenegro. Given it has a bit more oomph than Aperol (23%, as opposed to 11%), I thought it would carry a long drink better sans bubbly. It’s also more complex, with a hint of rose at the end that’s rather fun. So as to pretend I was creating something out of whole cloth, rather than just adding soda, I also grabbed some Créme De Pêches, orange bitters and a lemon.