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Whiskey House’s White Truffle Manhattan

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

By Marie Tutko

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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Whiskey House’s White Truffle Manhattan

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