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A Perfect Manhattan has everything to do with its duo of vermouths — but you’re also welcome to aim for perfection, too. (Photo credit: Amy Zavatto)

Wölffer’s collaboration with Great Jones Distilling was released to the public on Feb. 15, 2024. (Photo credit: Amy Zavatto)

You may have noticed our story today about the new collaboration between Great Jones Distilling and Wölffer Estate Vineyard. The short of it: The distillery nabbed some empty barrels that once held the winery’s Caya, a gorgeous aged cabernet franc, and used it to add an extra finishing dimension to their four-to-seven year aged bourbon. A first for them both, and a pretty delicious first at that.

In honor of this wonderful Empire State collab, we thought what could be more perfect than a Perfect Manhattan made with the Great Jones Straight Bourbon with it’s final year of aging in Wölffer’s red wine casks?

Ah, but what’s a Perfect Manhattan? It’s a funny little drink that, instead of using only sweet vermouth (as a traditional version of the cocktail employs), uses both sweet and dry — the best of both worlds, as it were.

Grab a bottle at Wölffer’s tasting room ($49.99 for 750ml bottle) and toast to teaming up.

Great Jones & Wölffer Perfect Bourbon Manhattan

Prep Time 1 minute
Serves 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz Great Jones Straight Bourbon finished in Wölffer cabernet franc red wine casks
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • cherry, lemon peel or orange peel for garnish


  • In a pitcher with ice, combine the whiskey and vermouths.
  • Stir well, for about 15 to 20 seconds, until well chilled.
  • Strain into a martini glass or coupe. Garnish with the cherry or your choice of citrus peel. Cheers!