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Whiskey House's White Truffle Manhattan

How the downtown bar is pairing a classic cocktail with a prized fungus


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Fall is prime time for truffles, and anyone who loves the prized fungus knows their earthy flavor can liven up the most basic French fry or turn a plate of pasta into a decadent treat. The owners of The Whiskey House translated the rich flavor into a cocktail with the debut of their white truffle Manhattan, making an already bold drink even more brazen.

The recipe uses Rittenhouse rye that’s been infused in-house for two weeks with Alba white truffles—Italian truffles that cost $200 an ounce—stirred over ice with sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters, and topped with Luxardo cherries and edible 24-karat gold flakes.

“As a place which sells some of the rarest and most highly prized whiskey in the world, we felt there is a demand in San Diego for over-the-top cocktails,” says Alex Minaev, co-owner of The Whiskey House.

Minaev isn’t kidding about their bottle collection: The bar has over 3,000 whiskeys in stock, and holds the Guinness World Record for carrying the largest inventory of the spirit.

If a truffle Manhattan isn’t fancy enough for you, they have Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash 2016, which will set you back $1,100 for a shot. That almost makes last month’s cocktail, the Hotel Del’s $150 Fugu Del, sound like a bargain. Bottoms up!

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