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According to mixologist Zach Wilks, one of the best parts about crafting drinks is the creativity that a bartender has. A drink can transcend standard bar fair with a fruity infusion or a unique liqueur addition. The possibilities are endless.
Wilks uses his own creative license by giving the classic American drink, the Manhattan, a twist. One of five drinks named after the boroughs of New York City, the Manhattan usually calls for whiskey (or bourbon), sweet vermouth and bitters. As tribute to his Italian heritage, Wilks uses Italian amoretto instead of vermouth, giving the drink a more Italian flavor while maintaining the integrity of a classic American favorite. Simply add bourbon, amoretto and 5 dashes of bitters to a glass of ice, making sure to measure exactly. Then, instead of shaking, stir the drink to make sure that it does not get too cold. After straining the drink into a coupe glass, add cherries (Wilks uses drunken cherries that have been soaked in bourbon) and enjoy!
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce Italian amoretto
5 dashes bitters
3 cherries soaked in bourbon
1 cup of ice
1. Add bourbon and amoretto to glass of ice. Measure exactly.
2. Add 5 dashes of bitters.
3. Stir with cocktail spoon for 30 seconds.
4. Strain into cocktail glass (coupe glass).
5. Add cherries and serve.
Zachari Wilks has been a familiar face behind bars for a little over 15 years. He has pioneered the craft cocktail scene in Indianapolis and acted as catalyst to the growing mixology culture now found