Manhattan Special

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"This is an iconic NYC beverage. I would say, buy the real thing! But for purposes of Culinary Quest 3, going to try this homemade version, side by side with a bottle of the real thing that I've been hiding from DH for a month. Sounds very, very interesting!!! Makes 4 10 oz servings. NOTE: Time does not include fermentation and chilling time - 2 days! This will NOT be as sweet as the real Manhattan Special, but it DOES have a stronger coffee flavor. Adjust to your liking!"

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (340.2 g)
  • Calories 166
  • Total Fat - 0.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 21.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 41.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.1 g
  • Sugars - 37.6 g
  • Protein - 0.8 g
  • Calcium - 39.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Boil 1 cup of water with the sugar, remove from heat and stir in the espresso powder.

Note: to be more like the real thing (super sweet), use a full cup of sugar.

Step 2

Add the remaining cold water to the hot syrup, sprinkle in the yeast and pour the whole mess into a plastic soda bottle (it won’t fill the bottle, the extra room is for carbonation gasses).

Step 3

Cap tightly and leave at room temperature for two days then stick in the fridge long enough to chill.

Step 4

*It’ll have a huge foamy head like a stout beer when you crack it open, just squeeze that out of the bottle to get to the good stuff. This recipe makes a strong coffee flavor but not too sweet version. Tweak espresso powder and sugar to taste.*

Tips & Variations

  • Plastic soda bottle