Chocolate Orange Manhattan

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A chocolate orange manhattan satisfies my craving for two favorite flavors. These are traditional pairings and if I’m sipping a bourbon neat for a nightcap, a piece of chocolate or an M&M is never far away.

Make this sublime cocktail two different ways, via natural ingredient infusion, or with commercially flavored bitters. Each is then combined with sweet vermouth, chilled and served up or on the rocks.

Infused Manhattan

Using this method infuses bourbon with fresh orange and cocoa nibs. The raw nibs impart chocolate flavor, aroma and some natural bitterness. Infusion is a fancy word for soaking things and you can do this with a Porthole, or the old fashioned way in a mason jar. They will taste the same unless you get a good look at the porthole, then all bets are off because it is so gorgeous.

Infused manhattan ingredients
Ingredients and Porthole

Chop the cocoa nibs, zest and peel the orange

Porthole ingredients
Ready to infuse

Arrange the ingredients in the porthole, seal it up and add the bourbon

Finished Infusion
Ready to pour

Ready in a day. Leave for two for stronger flavor.

Chocolate Orange Manhattan with Bitters

You can make a delicious manhattan using commercially prepared bitters. This is the easy way and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Regardless which method you choose, combining chocolate, orange and bourbon creates a transcendent cocktail.


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  • Author: TJ
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x



Infused Manhattan

  • 1/2 oz raw cocoa nibs
  • 1 orange – zested
  • 810 oz premium bourbon
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • Orange peel or cherry – garnish

Manhattan with Bitters

  • 21/2 oz premium bourbon
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters
  • Cherry or orange peel – garnish


Infused Manhattan

  1. Remove the zest of the orange with a microplane and reserve
  2. Cut the orange into 1/2″ slices, then remove the outer rind, taking care to remove all the pith
  3. Add the nibs, orange flesh, orange zest and bourbon to your infusion vessel and rest 24-48 hours
  4. Filter (using a coffee filter) and reserve the infused bourbon
  5. Fill a mixing glass halfway with ice
  6. Add 2-1/2 oz infused bourbon and 1 oz vermouth per cocktail
  7. Stir, strain and pour over rocks
  8. Garnish with a cherry or orange peel and serve


Manhattan with Bitters

  1. Chill a cocktail glass
  2. Fill a mixing glass halfway with ice
  3. Add the bourbon, vermouth and both bitters
  4. Stir for 30 seconds to chill
  5. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  6. Add a cherry or orange peel garnish and serve

And just one more thing…

The most fun part of experimenting with these recipes is the taste testing. Applications are accepted through the contact form.


Visit my Guide To Infusing Spirits for detailed how-to information.