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Drink of the Week: Haven restaurant's Manhattan cocktail

A star in Tampa restaurant Haven's whiskey-centered cocktail program is Dean Hurst's twist on the classic Manhattan. Hurst is the director of spirits for Haven, Bern's Steakhouse and the Epicurean Hotel. His Manhattan features high-proof bourbon and two styles of vermouth, in addition to the traditional rye whiskey and Angostura bitters.

"You have Dolin, which is more of a traditional style, lighter, it's got some of the wine notes, it's a little dark," Hurst said. "But then you have the spiciness of the Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and I really like the flavor profile of that. The cinnamon and the exotic spices you can find in this blend really well to the whiskeys."

Haven features Hurst's Manhattan ($10) as one of three kegged cocktails.

"It's prebatched and it's an even, consistent cocktail," Hurst said. "And I actually think it gets better the longer it sits in the keg."

Hurst said they use the tapped cocktail system because it allows for faster service.

"It's nice to see a bartender touch five bottles to make a cocktail. It's also nice to have the cocktail in front of you so you can enjoy it."

Monica Herndon, Times staff writer

We’ll take (a) Manhattan. Dean Hurst’s twist on the classic cocktail features high-proof bourbon, two styles of vermouth, traditional rye whiskey and Angostura bitters.

MONICA HERNDON | Times

We’ll take (a) Manhattan. Dean Hurst’s twist on the classic cocktail features high-proof bourbon, two styles of vermouth, traditional rye whiskey and Angostura bitters.

Drink of the Week: Haven restaurant's Manhattan cocktail 10/05/15 [Last modified: Monday, October 5, 2015 1:51pm]
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