Leathered Manhattan



  • 2 parts Bourbon or Rye
  • 1 part Sweet Vermouth
  • ½ oz. Orange Bitters per 750ml Bourbon

  • For a 3-liter wineskin, use:
  • 2 750ml bottles Bourbon or Rye
  • 1 750ml bottle Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz. Orange Bitters

  • Add all ingredients to a 3-liter leather wineskin and store to taste (2 days to indefinitely). To serve, tap 3 ounces into an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir to chill and strain into a Rocks Glass. Garnish with skewered cherries. If bottling, add ¼ oz. water per 6 oz. of cocktail and store in the freezer.

The Manhattan is a great cocktail to throw into a traditional Spanish wineskin (bota) and age. We already love barrel-aging cocktails and thought, “Heck! Why not try aging them in a wineskin.” Instead of the smoky depth that aging a cocktail in a charred barrel gives you, the wineskin provides a nice leathery complexity to the drink. It works great with brown spirits as that rich element interacts nicely with the leather. Age to taste, but we enjoy it most after about four days and up to two weeks. Enjoy it straight from the wineskin or bottle up the aged concoction. If it gets too leathery for your palate, then top off the wineskin with fresh ingredients (à la the solera method) to tone it down. Check out our other Leathered (Wineskin-Aged) Cocktails and learn the ins-and-outs of wineskin management on our Tools & Techniques video. Cheers!


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  1. posted by timweigel28 on May 20, 2016

    How long does the bottled cocktail last refrigerated?

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  2. posted by dude1 on June 3, 2016

    We have bottles stored in the freezer going on 7-months and still drinking very nicely. We have not noticed any significant degradation in these wine-skin-aged and our barrel-aged cocktails once bottled. We always keep 12 bottles aside as an experiment and open one each month to assess things. I would guess you’re good keeping them up to a year without issue. Like I said, we store ours in the freezer and have not assessed them in the same way refrigerated.

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