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Smooth and Sexy Cuban Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

A Smooth and Sexy Cuban Manhattan Cocktail is a lot cheaper than therapy and it’s like taking a little vacation without ever leaving home.

Side view of a martini glass holding a Cuban Manhattan. A Bada cherry sits next to the glass as well as one in the drink.

Put the kids to bed, it’s time for a super Smooth and Sexy Cuban Manhattan Cocktail. Just let the day melt away. The worries and stress of today will look a lot smaller tomorrow.

Top-down view of two martini glasses holding Cuban Manhattans. A Bada cherry sits next to the glass as well as one in the drink.

John has a lot of convictions that have mellowed or just gone out the window as we’ve gotten older. I like to say he’s broadening his horizons.

He might say that I’ve worn him down. Either way, he used to say he didn’t care for rum.

That is until we visited the Dominical Republic. On one of the evenings, they had a rum tasting showcasing some of the countries rum.

Top-down view of two martini glasses holding Cuban Manhattans. A Bada cherry sits next to the glass as well as one on a skewer in the drink.

They were sippers, not the cocktails that are featured on the “booze cruises” which is where I think John got his opinion that he wasn’t a rum drinker.

Needless to say, we both enjoyed good rum. We still don’t care for a lot of the umbrella drinks that are sweet and mask whatever they’re mixed with.

This Cuban Manhattan Cocktail is definitely not an umbrella drink.

Using a high-quality rum is what makes this cocktail smooth and sexy.

We always make it with a least two different kinds of rum and sometimes 3.

John is a little more of a purist than I am. I like adding a drizzle of bada cherry juice for just a touch of sweetness.

Not John, he doesn’t want anything interfering with his drink.

Side view of two martini glasses holding Cuban Manhattans. A Bada cherry sits next to the glass as well as one on a skewer in the drink.

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These drinks are sippers. Taking the time to slow down and to take a couple of deep breaths is something we should all do a little more of whether you have a cocktail or not.

Sharing an occasional cocktail and catching up with each other at the end of the day is something we look forward to.

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Smooth and Sexy Cuban Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

A Smooth and Sexy Cuban Manhattan Cocktail is a lot cheaper than therapy and it’s like taking a little vacation without ever l
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 2 People
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 2 ounce Zacapa Rum
  • 1 ounce Pampero Aniversario Rum
  • 1 ounce Martini Sweet Vermouth
  • .5 ounce bada cherry juice optional
  • 1 bada cherry optional

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the cherry and stir.
  • Pour between two small coupe glasses and garnish with a cherry if desired.

Notes

I use Bada cherries NOT maraschino cherries. Other Rums that we use are Pyrat or Diplomatico.

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Pamela (BrooklynFarmGirl)

Friday 11th of August 2017

This cocktail looks amazing!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 13th of August 2017

Thank you Pamela! We love this cocktail but it's definitely a sipper!

Karen

Thursday 10th of August 2017

Beautiful cocktail Julie!

Julie Menghini

Friday 11th of August 2017

Thank you Karen! I was just thinking of you...I have my first sourdough loaf going in the oven today!

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Thursday 10th of August 2017

This looks fantastic, Julie! I love the mini umbrellas that come with umbrella drinks, but I usually prefer a non-umbrella cocktail so this is right up my alley :). Have a great weekend, my friend!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 10th of August 2017

Thank you Kelsie! Wear the umbrella and we'll toast with our Manhattans! I hope you have a great weekend too!

Liz

Thursday 10th of August 2017

My best friend adores Manhattans, it's here end of the week Friday night comfort. I've pinned it for when she is over next time. Now just have to look for the rums you mention,

Julie Menghini

Thursday 10th of August 2017

Thank you Liz! John and I just started drinking them the last couple of years and really enjoy them. I think your friend would love them!