The Brown Hotel Manhattan

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Louisville’s historic Brown Hotel is one of more than forty hotels, restaurants and bars offering signature cocktails, inspired dishes and local bourbon lore in Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail®. If you didn’t know much about bourbon’s unique heritage when you arrive, you will when you leave. And most likely, you’ll come back for another round.

“The Brown Manhattan recipe uses the bitters to amplify the orange-to-cherry fruit flavors in the bourbon, and in lowering the proof levels a touch with the vermouth, it finds a mouth-watering balance,” says Troy Ritchie, sommelier and bourbon steward at the English Grill at the Brown Hotel. This cocktail is a little savory, a little sweet, and a lot delicious. We’ll drink to that.

“Brown” Manhattan

Makes: 1 cocktail


2 ounces Larceny bourbon (wheated bourbon)

1 ounce Dolin sweet vermouth

2 dashes orange bitters

2 dashes angostura bitters

Bourbon-soaked cherry


In a mixing glass, add bourbon, vermouth, bitters and ice. Stir. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with bourbon-soaked cherry.

Recipe courtesy Brown Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky

Melanie Young co-hosts the national weekly radio show, The Connected Table LIVE! Wednesdays 2 pm EST on W4CY Radio and podcast permanently to and the free iHeart App.

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