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Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

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Manhattan Cocktail

Manhattan Cocktail

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One of the finest and oldest cocktails, this is a true classic cocktail. The Manhattan was the first cocktail that used vermouth as a modifier. As with a Martini, there are slight variations of the drink that are a matter of preference (see the list below).

I had been under the impression for the longest time that a Manhattan used Canadian or bourbon whiskey but after a few traditionalist Manhattanite's comments and a couple of drinks I'm convinced that rye whiskey makes the best Manhattan. After all, it was the original whiskey used for the drink. Though, there was a time when rye was not as widely available or as good as it is today, but after a revival, rye is back. That said, ultimately, the choice is yours as the drinker and if you prefer another whiskey in your Manhattan, go with it.

View Video: Manhattan Cocktail Recipe, 5 Manhattan Variations, 5 Easy Whiskey Cocktails

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with the cherry.

Close Variations on the Manhattan:

  • Dry Manhattan- Use a dash of dry vermouth and garnish with a lemon twist.
  • Perfect Manhattan- Equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth. Garnish with a lemon twist.
  • Brandy Manhattan- Replace whiskey with brandy.
  • Scotch Manhattan- Replace whiskey with Scotch.
  • Southern Comfort Manhattan- Replace whiskey with Southern Comfort.

More Variations on the Manhattan:

User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
nuther variation, Member TMFSTOWE

I discovered Manhattans after my bar-tending teacher suggested that if I like bourbon, I would love Manhattans and may never drink anything else. She was right, but personally, I have never liked bitters in my Manhattans. It's not how I learned to make them and I believe it kinda defeats the point of using sweet vermouth, maraschino cherries and whiskey. At first, I just used a 2 to 1 ratio of whiskey (I prefer bourbon) to sweet vermouth along with the maraschino cherry. I then realized that the other point of the cherry is to sweeten the drink with the grenadine it is packed in (the first being to absorb a lot of the booze so you can have a whiskey filled cherry at the end), so I replaced the bitters with a few drops of grenadine and have never looked back. It offers a little extra sweetness and a glorious red color in the light.

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