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Spiker’s Sour Cherry Manhattan


The classic Manhattan is making a comeback. To honor this revival of a truly American spirit, we suggest a pairing with Spiker’s unique Sour Cherry Plum Shrub.

Our deep and rich Sour Cherry Plum Shrub infusion —  made from tart red cherries and a hint of dark purple plums — provides the perfect balance to the aged fruitwood notes of a premium whiskey. It also provides flavor notes more akin to a true maraschino cherry, which is the traditional garnish. (By the way, if you aren’t using real, naturally-infused maraschino cherries, skip the day-glow variety and instead use a twist of lemon.)

For a change-up, make a Boston Manhattan: by replacing the bourbon with Irish whiskey such as Grand Ten Distilling’s South Boston Irish Whiskey.

Spiker's Sour Cherry Manhattan

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 1


  • 2 ounces Bully Boy Straight American Whiskey locally made craft spirit
  • 1/2 ounce Spiker's Sour Cherry Plum Shrub or to taste
  • 1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • Dash Orange bitters we recommend Hella or Fee brothers
  • 1 slice lemon peel peel only; no white pith


  • About 30 minutes before serving, place a 5-6 ounce rocks glass in the freezer to chill.
  • At serving time, measure the whiskey, shrub, vermouth and bitters into a 16-20 ounce glass or cocktail shaker.
  • Add 3-4 coarsely cracked ice cubes. (Cup the ice cube in the palm of your hand, and whack it firmly with the convex -- outwardly curved -- portion of a large serving spoon.)
  • Stir the drink gently in a consistent, circular motion for about 40-50 rotations. This will chill the beverage with a minimal amount of ice-melt.
  • Remove the rocks glass from the freezer and gently strain the drink into the glass. Garnish with one natural maraschino cherry, or a twist of lemon. (Twist the lemon over the glass, then drop it in the glass or toss it.)


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