Smoky Backyard Manhattan

The weather is heating up. Do you have your grill ready? Here's a complex-but-not-complicated cocktail that the Cocktail Contessa created using Smoked Black Cherry Mixicles  the perfect Manhattan to sip on while grilling.

The hickory in our Smoked Black Cherry cubes combines with the bitterness of the amaro to bring out the subtle spice notes of the whiskey. If you use a whiskey with cherry notes, you’ll pull that flavor through the drink.

Can you make this drink without thawing the Mixicles cube? Certainly! It just means you’ve got a cocktail that evolves as you sip, which is kinda our thing.

Smoked Black Cherry Mixicles are found in our Distinctive Collection.

Smoky Backyard Manhattan


  • 1 Smoked Black Cherry Mixicles® cube
  • 1 oz. amaro
  • 2 oz. bourbon (or rye for a spicier kick)
  • Luxardo cherries and orange peel for garnish (optional)

How to Mix:

Let the Mixicles® cube thaw a little, and then add it, the amaro, and the whiskey to a mixing glass, fill with ice, and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a glass and top with cherries and an orange peel. Turn the burgers one last time. Sip.

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