Monkey Manhattan cocktail perfect for Valentine's Day - pic supplied
The romantic-inspired Monkey Manhattan cocktail is where Scotch whisky meets the distilled essence of bitter oranges. 

It’s the perfect combination of whisky & bitter sweet – probably a better combination than most of the relationships you’ve had.   

Skip buying flowers and chocolate this year and instead spark romance with a firm grip and a fair amount of scotchy notes, with the elegant, multipurpose Monkey Manhattan. 

The orange bitters helps to tie everything together so things don’t get too out of hand.

2 parts Monkey Shoulder whisky

1 part sweet vermouth

1/2 part Grand Marnier (orange flavoured liqueur)

1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters

1 dash Angostura orange bitters


Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass or Kilner jar. 

Add lots of chunky ice cubes to your shaker. 

Stir gently with a bar spoon, long teaspoon or a chopstick until the glass or jar feels nice and cold. 

Strain carefully through a strainer into a chilled Martini glass.

Drop in a cherry, to add some extra colour and flavour