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5-Ingredient Manhattan Cocktail Truffles

2014 February 11

One of my favorite date-night activities is meeting my boyfriend at an old-school New York cocktail bar for a drink after work. This year for Valentine’s Day I’m turning a favorite order of ours—the Manhattan—into homemade truffles, spiked with all of the classic cocktail ingredients.

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Historians can’t seem to come to a consensus on the origin of the drink but the components have endured over the years: rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, few dashes of angostura bitters, and a lemon twist…modern bartenders often use an orange twist and drop a maraschino cherry (or two) in there, as well!

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To keep this recipe super-simple, I used the microwave to heat up heavy cream for the ganache (just the fancy/technical way of saying “truffle batter”). When you pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate, the chocolate melts into a smooth, shiny base. Got lumps? No problem! Just pop the mixture back in the microwave for about 30 seconds until it’s totally melted.

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If you’re willing to splurge on an extra ingredient or two, I recommend adding angostura bitters (I left it out of the base recipe since the subtle spiced, bitter-herb flavor isn’t absolutely necessary in the 5-ingredient recipe) and rolling the truffles in cocoa powder for a polished look. Feeling even fancier? Cover the truffles with melted dark chocolate, sprinkle with sanding sugar, nonpareils or edible gold leaf and refrigerate until set.

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photos by Erin Phraner

Manhattan Cocktail Truffles
makes: about 20

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons rye whiskey
1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons sweet vermouth
18 to 20 maraschino cherries, stems removed

6 dashes angostura bitters
Cocoa powder, for dusting

1. Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the heavy cream to another microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High until boiling, about 2 minutes. Pour over the chocolate; let side 5 minutes, then stir until melted. (Still lumpy? Microwave 30 more seconds until chocolate melts completely). Stir in 1 tablespoon rye, 2 teaspoons sweet vermouth and 3 dashes angostura bitters, if using. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
2. Meanwhile, put the remaining 2 tablespoons rye, 1 tablespoon sweet vermouth, 3 dashes angostura bitters, if using, and maraschino cherries in a small bowl. Let soak 1 hour; drain and pat dry.
3. For each truffle, mold a small spoonful of chocolate mixture around 1 cherry, smoothing to cover completely; roll between your hands to form a ball. Roll in cocoa powder, if using. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to package and serve.

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Want more of these truffles? We do too! Watch Erin make them live on Freutcake’s Google+ Hangout video right her on You Tube.

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Erin Phraner

Food Contributor, blogs at Food & Femininity
Food editor & recipe creator living in Brooklyn, NY.
Erin writes the '5 Ingredient Recipes' column.
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  1. Miss Sophisticate permalink
    February 11, 2014

    I am so making this! Looks delicious. I love the Manhattan as well, and of course anything chocolate. Thanks for sharing! xo

    • February 11, 2014

      Don’t they look amazing?! Personally I am a fan of any sort of boozy-chocolate combination. ;)

  2. February 11, 2014

    Oi, these look amazing!

  3. huntfortheverybest permalink
    February 12, 2014

    they look like delicious truffles! i’ve never made them using the microwave but i may try!

  4. February 16, 2014

    i made these this weekend and they were fantastic! thank you so much for sharing this great recipe :)

  5. Kalps permalink
    February 27, 2014

    Wow looks so delicious. Have you tried other cocktails in Truffles like Long Island Ice Tea Truffles?

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