The Lenape indians inhabited a certain island off the coast of what is now New York state before the Dutch “purchased” it from them for a song. This drink, the translucent Manhattan, has long been a goal of mine. I use High West Silver oat whiskey as the base, which provides a soft roundness not found in traditional corn/grain based un-aged whiskeys. Dolin Blanc gives it the unmistakable essence of vermouth along with a bit of the sweetness we expect in a Manhattan. Finally, Salers Gentaine cuts underneath with the bite of gentian typically lent by aromatic bitters. And Regan’s orange bitters round of the finish giving the drink depth. The result is both sweet and dry, a phantom of the iconic original, and sends the palate on a journey from start to finish.
Ghost of the Lenape
2 oz High West Silver Oat Whiskey
.75 oz Dolin Blanc vermouth
.5 oz Salers Gentaine
2 dashes Regan’s orange bitters
Stir and serve up in a Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with a single brandy cherry in the bottom of the glass.