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The Blanhattan, with Blanton’s Bourbon from Bourbon Blog on Vimeo.

While you may be accustomed to drinking Blanton’s Bourbon neat or simply on the rocks, learns during Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2011 how flavorsome it can be in a cocktail. During the Mixed Drink Challenge, we join John Shutt, International Sales Director for Blanton’s Bourbon. John introduces us to Mixologist Col. Paul Borntraeger who created “The Blanhattan” cocktail as a twist on the classic Manhattan recipe.

Watch the video episode above to taste the true, rich Bourbon flavor that Blanton’s, The Original Single-Barrel Bourbon, can bring to a cocktail.

The Blanhttan Recipe, by Paul Borntraeger
Blanton's Bourbon
3oz Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon
1/4 tsp Ground ginger
1/4 tsp Vanilla (not imitation)
1/4 tsp Ground cloves
1/4 tsp Ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground nutmeg
1 tsp Honey
zest of 1 Lemon
zest of 1 Orange
4-8 Whole peppercorns
1/4 cup Brown sugar
1/2 cup Cane sugar
1 btl KY Riesling
2 oz. KY Cab

Combine all ingredients (except for bourbon) in pot and bring to a slow boil. Once batch is boiling reduce heat add bourbon and let simmer on low heat for half an hour.

Ideally place in a glass jar and let sit for 24 hours. filter and strain (coffee filters take time but work best) and use.

Thanks to John Shutt, Age International, Inc., and Paul Borntraeger.
Video filmed and edited by Scott Hendrickson.
Photo Courtesy of Jenny Bui.


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4 Responses to “The Blanhattan”

  1. Matt

    Wait, if you simmer the bourbon for half an hour, isn’t all of the alcohol just going to evaporate?

  2. Scott

    I’m wondering the same thing, but I was thinking of “steeping” instead of simmering for 30 minutes to help eliminate/reduce evaporation.

    In short, turn the heat off, add the bourbon and let it sit for 30 minutes.

    I’ll be trying it this weekend.

  3. Maurice Cavada

    I think it’s just the recipe for the sweet vermouth. but in the video, he was naming some spices that aren’t listed in the recipe. Try not to make this so confusing next time