Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics





2oz Rye

1oz Averna amaro

3 dashes orange bitters

Flamed Orange twist


Add all liquids to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a flamed orange twist.


This is a simple Manhattan/Toronto variant, substituting the sweeter Averna for the “minty” bitterness of the Fernet in the case of the Toronto, but with the same ratio used in a Manhattan, resulting in less Rye flavor in front due to the heavier flavor of the Averna compared to sweet vermouth. Lighter and a bit sweeter than the Toronto, and with less rye and bitters than a Manhattan, this one has a slight caramel flavor from the Averna with hints of allspice, although less so than the Toronto. The orange bitters and twist add a little citrus tinged complexity to this one. Like it’s classic inspirations, I named this one after a city, Palermo, which is a nod to Sicily, the country of my father’s origins and the source of Averna amaro. For the orange bitters, I like to mix 2 dashes of Bitter Truth and 1 dash of Fee Brothers, but any orange bitters will do.


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