Pick Your Poison: The Bourbon Lady Cocktail Recipe

Bourbon Lady Cocktail, Manhatten Cocktail alternative

Last year I got a cocktail making set from Taste Cocktails with all the ingredients to make a Manhattan – one of Joe’s favourite man cocktails! Heavy on the bourbon and the vermouth with nothing more than a dash of bitters and a cherry to wash them down with The Manhattan is a stroooong cocktail and quite frankly a bit much for me. It’s one of those drinks I really want to like, but it’s just not happening…so I got experimenting! Introducing the Lady Bourbon – my longer and more drinkable version of a Manhattan that will convert any bourbon lovers or haters around the globe!

Bourbon Lady Cocktail, Manhatten Cocktail alternative

What You’ll Need

2 Shots Bourbon

1/2 Shot Dry Vermouth

1/2 Shot Sweet Vermouth

2-3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

1 Shot Apple Juice

Ginger Ale

Maraschino CherriesBourbon Lady Cocktail, Manhatten Cocktail alternative

How To 

  1. Pour your bourbon, bitters and both vermouth’s into a tumblr with a few large cubes of ice
  2. Stir with a bar spoon for 45 seconds to mix
  3. Add in 1 shot of apple juice and top with ginger ale before gently stirring until mixed
  4. Pop in a couple of cherries and enjoy those booze soaked bad boys at the end!

Bourbon Lady Cocktail, Manhatten Cocktail alternative

What you’re left with is a strong but more drinkable bourbon cocktail with a gentle ginger spice, sweetness from the cherries and a good old hit of booze. It’s a lot lighter than your traditional Manhattan and with the ice I think it makes a lovely summer BBQ drink or warming wintery toddy sipped slowly by the fire – either way as my dad used to say “It’ll put hairs on your chest!”.

Don’t forget to tweet me a picture @xameliax if you give my Bourbon Lady cocktail a go!