Esquire magazine and Jefferson’s Bourbon have joined hands for the first time to create a unique barrel aged cocktail called the Manhattan. Conceptualized in 2013, the bottled cocktail is the brainchild of Esquire’s Editor-in-Chief David Granger and Jefferson’s Bourbon founder Trey Zoeller who wanted bourbon connoisseurs to have a barrel-finished bottled cocktail that improved on a classic.
Seeking oaky notes and a well-balanced flavor profile the two taste tested many recipes before narrowing their selection down to three. The three competitors were aged for 90 days and from these, one drink became the Manhattan. This bottled cocktail consists of six-year-old bourbon, sweet and dry vermouth and barrel-aged, spiced cherry bitters.
The Manhattan can be enjoyed on the rocks or stirred and strained over ice. It is presented in a beautiful matte black bottle with faded gold lettering. “What I loved most about making this Manhattan with Esquire was the collaborative course of of making a properly-rounded cocktail that elevated the standard bourbon consuming expertise. It took us over two years of experimentation and communication to hone in on a drink we’ve all the time needed at our residence bar however was by no means simply out there, and we have been lastly capable of create one thing that’s each progressive and accessible” said Trey Zoeller of the experience.
The Manhatten will be available at select venues nationwide.