History of Francovich Manhattan

Manhattan Bottle SkylineWe lay no claim to the origins of the Manhattan. Rather, we celebrate it by passing across the bar our family’s interpretation of this storied libation. For generations, the Francovich family has stirred the finest bourbon, rye whiskey and sweet vermouth with bespoke measures of bitters and maraschino cherries in the spirit of kinship and lofty aspiration. We offer it to you here, a cocktail experience without peer, and a towering achievement in the distilling arts.

The family is filled with unyielding Manhattan iconoclasts. Our great-grandparents, and great-aunts and great-uncles, were all very particular and enjoyed this cocktail every evening before dinner. Our granddad Spiro was, as they say, a man’s man. A man with a passion for many things, especially his bitters. Adoring Aunt Maritza could get downright persnickety when it came to her usual: “That’s right – two splashes of cherry juice. Thank you very much!” And in the eyes of great-uncle Eli, it simply was not a Manhattan without a twist of lemon peel.

Francovich Distillers’ descendants Sam and Mike have made a business of blending and mixing these ingredients, under strict control for the past 12 years, to create a Manhattan that cannot be duplicated or matched. Many have tried, but we believe – and know that you will agree – this ready-to-drink cocktail is smooth, with just the right amount of edge to make this beverage one of superior quality and luxury. Made in micro-batches in our Reno distillery, we hope you enjoy it as we do.

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