Turn your classic Manhattan cocktail into a Naked Ray Gun

If you love a classic Manhattan, you're going to love the Naked Ray Gun! The ingredients are extremely similar, but the biggest difference is swapping the bourbon for brandy. Check out how to make it, and get the ingredients below!

The classic Manhattan cocktail is a favorite among bourbon drinkers — It’s very similar to an Old Fashioned, but the sweetness of a Manhattan flies a little more under the radar.  Where an Old Fashioned uses simple syrup, a Manhattan uses sweet vermouth, so the sweetness is a little more subtle.

Our friends over at P.O. Press are constantly innovating and experimenting with food and beverages, and they’ve just taken the classic recipe for a Manhattan, and put their own spin on it.  They’ve managed to keep the same flavor profiles of a Manhattan, but have swapped bourbon for brandy, and it leaves a sweeter, fruitier taste on your palate. They call this fresh take on a Manhattan “The Naked Ray Gun,” and you’ll love it from the first sip to the last.  This drink is a good cocktail to enjoy with desserts, but because of the amount of alcohol in it (hint: there’s a lot) it also makes this cocktail a great way to start your night out.  Here’s what you’ll need to make the Naked Ray Gun.

How to make the Naked Ray Gun


  • 1.5 ounces brandy
  • 3/4 ounce Cappelletti
  • 3/4 ounce Punt E Mes
  • Fernet
  • Orange peel


  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice (the larger the cubes, the better!)
  2. Add 1.5 ounces of brandy
  3. Add 3/4 ounce Cappelletti
  4. Add 3/4 ounce Punt E Mes
  5. Add a splash of Fernet
  6. Stir well, strain and pour into a glass
  7. Twist your orange peel to express its oils, swipe the rim of the glass, and add to drink
  8. Enjoy!

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