Master of Cocktails Marronhattan

Greetings all – time for this week’s #MasterofCocktails. I’m very much aware that this one’s sort of like the Christmas Number one, so we’ve got a really good one for you. It’s a manhattan variant made with an *amazing* Single-Barrel Bourbon (props to Maverick Drinks’ Michael Vachon on the cask selection), and Creme de Chataigne liqueur (Chestnut liqueur).

The name, you ask? Why, it’s a Marronhattan, of course.

Master of Cocktails Next Week

You’ll be needing these…

List of Ingredients

Shall we then? First up – 50ml of the Smooth Ambler Old Scout 11 Year Old Bourbon (cask 811) Single Barrel:

Master of Cocktails Smooth Ambler Bourbon

That goes into a stirring glass, closely followed by 20ml of the Edmond Briottet Créme de Châtaigne (Chestnut Liqueur).

Master of Cocktails Chestnut Liqueur

Next, 10ml Punt E Mes, which is technically a vermouth amaro. It’s super-intense too.

Master of Cocktails Punt e Mes Vermouth Amaro

Finally a good 2-3 shakes of Angostura Bitters. We need a decent amount here to balance the intense sweetness from the Chataigne.

Bung in a handful of ice, and 10ml of water (remember the Bourbon was cask-strength).

Master of Cocktails Bourbon Water

Stir for a good 30 seconds or so…

Master of Cocktails Stir

Now leave to sit whilst we make a garnish (didn’t mention that last week – these hadn’t arrived).

Master of Cocktails Candied Chestnut

Marrons Glacé are simply candied chestnuts. Oh, they’re also ‘one of the main best things’. Ever.

Master of Cocktails Candied Chestnut

You’re going to have a bugger of a time trying to get this to stay on a cocktail stick though, as they’re pretty ‘mushy’. This is my solution:

Master of Cocktails Cocktail Stick

So – strain the drink into a martini glass:

Master of Cocktails Strain

Express an Orange Twist over the top (adds a great ‘zing’):

Master of Cocktails Orange Twist

Finally, Bang the cocktail stick in, and serve.

Master of Cocktails Garnish

There you have it. The Marronhattan. #SugarOverload

Master of Cocktails Marronhattan




Here’s what you’re going to want to have on hand for next week’s #MasterofCocktails.

Master of Cocktails Marronhattan

Next week, you’ll be needing these…
Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao, Bathtub Gin, a Lemon and Marmalade.