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Distrito Federal

A Manhattan cocktail is traditionally made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. By substituting whiskey with mezcal, you’ll create a smoky and unique twist on the classic Manhattan, called the Distrito Federal.

A Distrito Federal, or Federal District, is an administrative division in some countries, similar to a state or province. It typically refers to an area that encompasses a nation’s capital city and its surrounding region. The purpose of a Federal District is to separate the capital city from the influence of any specific state or province, allowing it to function as a neutral territory under the direct control of the federal government. One of the most well-known examples of a Distrito Federal was Mexico City’s Federal District (Distrito Federal, or D.F.). Established in 1824.




  • 2 oz (60 ml) Mezcal (preferably a reposado or añejo for a richer flavor)
  • 1 oz (30 ml) sweet vermouth (you can also try a semi-sweet or dry vermouth to adjust the sweetness)
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters (or other aromatic bitters of your choice)
  • Ice
  • Maraschino cherry or orange twist for garnish



  1. Fill a mixing glass or a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the mezcal, sweet vermouth, and bitters to the mixing glass or shaker.
  3. Stir the mixture for about 20-30 seconds to combine and chill the ingredients. Stirring, instead of shaking, will result in a clearer cocktail with a smoother texture.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe or martini glass or a rocks glass with a large ice cube, depending on your preference.
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or an orange twist.


Enjoy your Distrito Federal!

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