Rye Manhattan @ Cove Bar

Price: $11.50

When: April 15, 2017, 3:15 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

Bryce, Sharon, Elaine and I have snagged a table at the Cove Bar. It’s the exact scenario the Cove was designed for: sunny afternoon, out with friends, enjoying the day, ready for a cocktail and fun conversation.

The friendly Cast Member arrives to take our order.

I go with the Rye Manhattan.

Now, we’ve reviewed a Manhattan on the blog before: the Carthay Diamond Manhattan. That’s a specialty beverage. Today’s Rye Manhattan, on the other hand, is part of the standard Disney Parks booze menu, available just about everywhere Disney serves alcohol.

I’m excited to taste the difference.

The drink arrives. The optics are good. A traditional, funnel-shaped glass. Three cherries. A generous portion of gorgeous orange-brown liquid. I’m excited.

I take a sip.

It’s …. fine.

Just fine. Not great. Not even good, really. Just: fine. It’s a strong drink, and the ingredients are respectable. It’s much less subtle than the Carthay Manhattan. It’s firmer. More forceful. But less nuanced. And thus, not very enjoyable.

Great Manhattans blend the ingredients. They coax out and commingle their flavors. Decent Manhattans just feel … assembled. This is on the lower end of the “decent” spectrum.

This isn’t something I’d order again. It’s just not done well enough. The Cove has too many other, delightful beverages (please see: Smoked Turkey) to spend time on mediocre drinks.

Not recommended.