Second to an Old Fashioned, the Manhattan might just be the most well-known classic cocktail. Essentially an Old Fashioned with a little sweet vermouth in place of the sugar cube, it still contains the quintessential classic cocktail ingredient: bitters.
We recently got our hands on a bottle of Black Magic Spiced Rum and immediately started playing around with using it in cocktails. It's deep, dark spiced flavor makes it a natural for mixing and the first one out of the gate was this rum-based version of a Manhattan - what we're calling the Lower East Side.
cocktail mixing glass
2 oz Black Magic Spiced Rum
1 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
Add the rum, vermouth and bitters to your cocktail mixing glass, fill with ice and stir to chill. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and serve. If so inclined, garnish with a cherry to two.