I created this cheesecake a couple years ago for a colleague’s birthday. Her favorite cocktail is a Manhattan, which sounded like a great combination of flavors for a cheesecake. How can you wrong with bourbon and cherries? And so the Manhattan Cheesecake (a.k.a, The Zender) was born.
A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of tasting the Manhattan cheesecake again—this time baked by my colleague Brian, who was looking for a knockout birthday dessert for a friend. Considering his favorite cocktail is the Manhattan, the choice seemed obvious. Brian put his own twist on the recipe, using an actual Manhattan cocktail (made with rye whiskey) in the custard instead of just bourbon. And he served his cheesecake with a lemon glaze as well as the cherry topping. His version was delicious! That’s Brian’s cheesecake in the picture.)
Happy National Cheesecake Day!