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Sarah Dodge

Manhattan Monday: 14 Variations on the Classic Cocktail

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| Sarah Dodge

It's Cocktail Week here at Eater, so let's kick off the boozy festivities with a roundup of the city's best classic and modern Manhattan riffs— including an off menu special aptly titled the Manhattan Project— for Manhattan Monday. If you try any of the variations below, do tweet us a picture and let us know; if your favorite is missing, leave it in the comments. And now, on to the map. Drink up.
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Kimball House

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You can't get more Atlanta than a Manhattan riff with the aromatic cola bitters found in new Decatur hotspot Kimball House's The Bellman. Other ingredients in Miles Macquarrie's cocktail include Old Scout seven-year rye and Carpano Antica Formula vermouth.

BoccaLupo

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Punt e Mes gives BoccaLupo's Apple of My.I. a bit of Italian flair. Mixologist Questa Olsen's creation replaces dry vermouth with apple pie vinegar, which combines with New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon, spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and flamed orange zest for an autumnal twist on this cocktail classic.

Leon's Full Service

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When it comes to Manhattans, the boozier, the better—and Shanna Mayo's Bullet & Trigger at Leon's Full Service does not disappoint. Homemade cherry syrup adds brightness to this fall favorite, which also includes Bulleit rye, Zucca amaro, cocchi americano rosa, and acid phosphate. [Photo: Leon's]

Get your Manhattan with a side of Jersey at Canoe, where The Big Apple features Laird's Applejack from the Garden State. Spiced apple liquor, charred oak bourbon, Lillet rosé, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, Angostura bitters, and Tabasco spice up the traditional recipe. [Photo]

Miller Union

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Farm-to-table mainstay Miller Union serves up cocktails just as clean and flavorful as its food. Try The International, made by bartenders Vince Landi and Stuart White with Canadian whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, and Gran Classico Bitter. [Photo]

Ormsby's

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Ormby's may be known for beer and bocce, but don't discount the cocktails. Try Sarah Buckley's Heavenly Manhattan, made with Angel's Envy, broVo amaro No. 1, sweet vermouth, and cherry bark bitters. It's garnished with the Manhattan's signature: a Luxardo maraschino cherry.

The Pinewood Tippling Room

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If you like your Manhattans boozy and bitter, try the Pinewood Tippling Room's Quadrophenia. Bar manager Julian Goglia mixes house-made Amer Picon with Averna Amaro Silciliano, Four Roses bourbon, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and a flamed orange expression.

Seven Lamps

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Cozy up to the bar at Seven Lamps with the Shelter from the Storm. The apple bitters and High West double rye, vermouth, and nocino will warm you up faster than the Buckhead restaurant's outdoor fireplace.

Paper Plane

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With bonded bourbon, vermouth, Cappalletti, Bigallet China-China, and cherry bark bitters, Paul Calvert's Bigmouth Strikes Again highlights and enhances the bittersweet, autumnal notes of the original drink.

Villains Wicked Heroes

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Off-menu burgers are so last season. Villains Wicked Heroes offers an off-menu Manhattan made with smoked cherry bitters and called, of course, The Manhattan Project.

Local Three

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House-made vermouth and house-blend bitters add local flair to Local Three's Hattan, Man, crafted by mixologist Kevin Ryan. [Photo: Kevin Ryan].

Cibo e Beve

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At Cibo E Beve, mixologist Michael Searles adds Italian flair to the American standard. In his Irresistible del Roosevelt, Bacardi 8 replaces the traditional whiskey, and Cocchi Americano, dry vermouth, blood orange shrub, and black pepper complete the cocktail.

JCT Kitchen & Bar

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Eduardo Guzman mixes up his version of the classic—made with George Dickel barrel select whiskey, Campari, Carpano Antica Formula, and flamed orange—at JCT Kitchen & Bar. Perfect for warming you up on those cool nights on the patio.

Seed Kitchen & Bar

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Transport yourself to the Big Apple with Seed Kitchen & Bar's Manhattan in the Fall. It's got rye whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula, a dash of Fee Brothers whiskey barrel-aged bitters, orange bitters, and allspice dram for fall-like warmth and spice. [Photo]

Kimball House

You can't get more Atlanta than a Manhattan riff with the aromatic cola bitters found in new Decatur hotspot Kimball House's The Bellman. Other ingredients in Miles Macquarrie's cocktail include Old Scout seven-year rye and Carpano Antica Formula vermouth.

BoccaLupo

Punt e Mes gives BoccaLupo's Apple of My.I. a bit of Italian flair. Mixologist Questa Olsen's creation replaces dry vermouth with apple pie vinegar, which combines with New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon, spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and flamed orange zest for an autumnal twist on this cocktail classic.

Leon's Full Service

When it comes to Manhattans, the boozier, the better—and Shanna Mayo's Bullet & Trigger at Leon's Full Service does not disappoint. Homemade cherry syrup adds brightness to this fall favorite, which also includes Bulleit rye, Zucca amaro, cocchi americano rosa, and acid phosphate. [Photo: Leon's]

Canoe

Get your Manhattan with a side of Jersey at Canoe, where The Big Apple features Laird's Applejack from the Garden State. Spiced apple liquor, charred oak bourbon, Lillet rosé, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, Angostura bitters, and Tabasco spice up the traditional recipe. [Photo]

Miller Union

Farm-to-table mainstay Miller Union serves up cocktails just as clean and flavorful as its food. Try The International, made by bartenders Vince Landi and Stuart White with Canadian whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, and Gran Classico Bitter. [Photo]

Ormsby's

Ormby's may be known for beer and bocce, but don't discount the cocktails. Try Sarah Buckley's Heavenly Manhattan, made with Angel's Envy, broVo amaro No. 1, sweet vermouth, and cherry bark bitters. It's garnished with the Manhattan's signature: a Luxardo maraschino cherry.

The Pinewood Tippling Room

If you like your Manhattans boozy and bitter, try the Pinewood Tippling Room's Quadrophenia. Bar manager Julian Goglia mixes house-made Amer Picon with Averna Amaro Silciliano, Four Roses bourbon, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and a flamed orange expression.

Seven Lamps

Cozy up to the bar at Seven Lamps with the Shelter from the Storm. The apple bitters and High West double rye, vermouth, and nocino will warm you up faster than the Buckhead restaurant's outdoor fireplace.

Paper Plane

With bonded bourbon, vermouth, Cappalletti, Bigallet China-China, and cherry bark bitters, Paul Calvert's Bigmouth Strikes Again highlights and enhances the bittersweet, autumnal notes of the original drink.

Villains Wicked Heroes

Off-menu burgers are so last season. Villains Wicked Heroes offers an off-menu Manhattan made with smoked cherry bitters and called, of course, The Manhattan Project.

Local Three

House-made vermouth and house-blend bitters add local flair to Local Three's Hattan, Man, crafted by mixologist Kevin Ryan. [Photo: Kevin Ryan].

Cibo e Beve

At Cibo E Beve, mixologist Michael Searles adds Italian flair to the American standard. In his Irresistible del Roosevelt, Bacardi 8 replaces the traditional whiskey, and Cocchi Americano, dry vermouth, blood orange shrub, and black pepper complete the cocktail.

JCT Kitchen & Bar

Eduardo Guzman mixes up his version of the classic—made with George Dickel barrel select whiskey, Campari, Carpano Antica Formula, and flamed orange—at JCT Kitchen & Bar. Perfect for warming you up on those cool nights on the patio.

Seed Kitchen & Bar

Transport yourself to the Big Apple with Seed Kitchen & Bar's Manhattan in the Fall. It's got rye whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula, a dash of Fee Brothers whiskey barrel-aged bitters, orange bitters, and allspice dram for fall-like warmth and spice. [Photo]

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