Lindsay Matteson’s Black Manhattan

Recipe & Commentary by Lindsay Matteson | Photography by Travis Gillett


“The Black Manhattan is a modern classic traditionally made with Averna in place of sweet vermouth. Nowadays guests are calling for it with different amari. I like it with Lazzaroni Amaro. Lazzaroni has been making amaro and liqueurs since the 1800s. Their amaro is a delicious Alpino (Alpine amaro). It is full bodied and slightly more bitter, which works great in a Black Manhattan because it stands up to the body of the bourbon.”

Read the whole story in the Summer 2022 issue of Bourbon+.


  • 2 ounce Bourbon
  • 1 ounce Lazzaroni Amaro
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Orange twist, for garnish


Stir, serve up. Garnish with an orange twist.

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Kevin Gibson is a free-lance writer who writes for numerous publications, including Bourbon+ magazine, Thrillist, and Alcohol Professor.