Rat Pack Nightcap

rat pack night cap

I love Manhattans. They’re wonderful on their own, with food, friends, dessert or simply because it is Wednesday after work and you feel like making one. Served stirred with a cherry garnish, this drink has a rich history with boatloads of variations. The Rat Pack had many of these in their day and due to the dessert nature of this one, I’d like to think they’d enjoy this as an end to their day.


Equipment: mixing glass, cocktail spoon, strainer, martini glass, cocktail pick

3 oz rye whiskey (Dickel is amazing)

1½ oz sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica is my go to although Dolin is also extremely good)

4 dashes Scrappy’s chocolate bitters

Chocolate truffle or cream for garnish


Combine rye, vermouth and bitters in glass. Top with ice and stir for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with chocolate on cocktail pick. Cheers!

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