Maple Walnut Manhattan Recipe

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Maple Walnut Manhattan Recipe

The maple walnut Manhattan is a spin on the classic Manhattan using black walnut bitters, maple syrup, and a flamed orange peel. The fall-inspired take on the classic cocktail is just as fun to sip as it is to make. Yes, you get to play with some fire and light some expressed orange oil on fire.

The maple Manhattan is a boozy cocktail with a subtle touch of maple sweetness. One may argue it’s actually closer to the old fashioned, but the red vermouth tells a different story. The maple Manhattan is darker in appearance thanks to the bitters and maple syrup. It closely resembles the black manhattan, which is made with amaro.

If you can find a naturally infused maple bourbon, by all means, substitute that for maple syrup. If not, always use high-quality maple syrup, and don’t even think about using pancake syrup instead!

Tips For Making The Manhattan Cocktail

Making a good cocktail all comes down to proper technique and the right ingredients.

  1. There SO MANY solid and affordable bourbons out there around the same price point. I really like:
    • Buffalo Trace
    • Larceny
    • Elijah Craig
    • Woodford Reserve
    • Eagle Rare
    • Knob Creek
    • Rowan’s Creek
  2. Pick up some good vermouth. There’s no point in wasting nice whiskey with cheap vermouth. Here are a few of the best sweet vermouths without breaking the bank.
    • Carpano Antica Formula
    • Dolin
    • Punt E Mes
    • Noilly Pratt
  3. ALWAYS stir with ice, never shake. Whiskey cocktails should always be stirred, otherwise, you’ll introduce unwanted oxygen and chips of ice into the drink. The ice will add just enough water to take the burn off the whiskey without diluting your cocktail.

How to Flame an Orange Peel

  1. Use a potato peeler or paring knife to shave off a thin strip of orange peel. Try to leave as much of the pith behind as possible.
  2. Position the peel horizontally by gripping the top and bottom of the short sides with your thumb, index, and ring fingers.
  3. Hold the peel over the rim of the glass so the oils will shoot down into the glass. Position a lit match or lighter a few inches in front of the peel.
  4. Gently press down, bending the peel outward, to express the oils. This really only works once.
flaming an orange peel

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Maple Walnut Manhattan Recipe

Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
A fall-inspired Manhattan cocktail recipe made with bourbon, maple syrup, black walnut bitters, and orange peel.


  • 2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 ounce maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon
  • 2 dashes black walnut bitters
  • Flamed orange peel


  • Combine the first 4 ingredients in a mixing glass with plenty of ice.
  • Stir vigorously and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Use a peeler or paring knife to shave off a thin strip of orange peel. Gently express the oils from the orange peel over the cocktail through a lit match or flame. Rub the rim of the glass with the peel and drop it into the cocktail if desired.


When measuring out ingredients, please ensure to use an actual measuring spoon. A "regular" spoon may yield overly sweet results.


Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 2.7gSodium: 1mgSugar: 2.1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
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About Shawn Williams

My name is Shawn, author behind Kitchen Swagger. I'm a food & drink enthusiast bringing you my own simple and delicious restaurant-inspired recipes.

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