EntertainingNov 16, 2021

Recipe: Black Manhattan with Ambassador Olivia Muniak

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Photographed by Olivia Muniak

Transport yourself to a dark, classy bar with this near to perfect cocktail. Shoppe Ambassador Olivia Muniak shares a twist to the classic Manhattan, the Black Manhattan, for a new go-to drink made with good ingredients and technique. We’re fully convinced this variation is the darker and sexier member of the Manhattan family with it’s soft herbal notes of averna amaro, a few dashes of bitters, and garnished with sweet luxardo cherries. Cheers!

*Pairs well with your favorite record, lipstick, and the Made by Shoppe Leather Wrapped Shaker Set.

Black Manhattan

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Serve: 2

4oz Bourbon

2oz Averna

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

4 Luxardo Cherries

In a cocktail mixing glass, pour the bourbon, Averna over ice and stir. Wait 1-2 minutes for the ice to dilute the spirits. Serve up in a chilled glass with brandied cherries.

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Even though she grew up in New York City, Olivia Muniak has always had an affinity for the breezy louche sensibility of Italian aperitivo hour. She considers a long leisurely meal as an antidote to the hustle of daily life, as a way to slow down and be present. 

Her entertaining philosophy is simple: tables should be candlelit, begin the evening with a cocktail, and savor every bite of thoughtfully prepared food in between sips of good wine and conversation (and lots of laughter). 

In August of 2019, fueled by the idea of meals as a form of meaningful connection, Olivia launched La Cura Supper Club (La Cura is Italian for “the cure”), a six-course family style dinner, hosted in a private home or at a unique spot in Los Angeles.

In addition to a regular supper club, La Cura offers full-service catering, event and party planning. The website serves as an evolving compendium of what she’s cooking and a shoppable edit of her favorite entertaining and kitchen essentials. Olivia lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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