Earlier this year, STK (“Not Your Daddy’s Steakhouse”) in the Cosmopolitan declared war on the city of San Francisco—specifically, on its Fernet Branca-drinking community. You see, the Italian amaro has a bit of a following in the restaurant industry (think mother’s milk), and San Fran has long been the dominant consumer. But that could very well change as STK is on pace to out-Branca Branca’s No. 1 seller, Tempest Bar. While shots have done much of the heavy lifting for STK— $3 from 5:30-7 p.m. Sun-Thu and 11 p.m.-midnight nightly; $2 from midnight to close—the company-wide signature cocktail, Not Your Daddy’s Manhattan ($18, made with Bulleit bourbon, Fernet Branca and Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth) has certainly helped.
Not Your Daddy’s Manhattan
As served at STK in the Cosmopolitan, $18
In a mixing glass, combine 2 ounces Bulleit bourbon, ½ ounce Fernet Branca, ½ ounce Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth, a two dashes each of Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters. Fill with ice, stir for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with three Luxardo cherries.