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The Woodford Reserve Manhattan

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Woodford Reserve Manhattan Cocktail

Manhattan with a splash of cherry

Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Wayne Rose, Vice President and Brand Director for Woodford Reserve for Brown-Forman Corporation. On the back of his business card, he has printed the recipe for the Woodford Reserve Manhattan, which substitutes a bit of Peychaud's bitters and a splash of cherry juice for the usual Angostura bitters in the classic Manhattan cocktail. The result is a unique Manhattan that is perfectly designed to complement the flavor profile of Woodford Reserve bourbon. Once you taste this you will wish more people printed cocktail recipes on the back of their business cards.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth (try Vya sweet vermouth in this cocktail)
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • splash of cherry juice
  • bourbon infused cherry for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add ingredients and shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Garnish with a bourbon infused cherry.
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 5 out of 5
Why Don't They List This One on Their Website?, Member mawarikomi

I've tried Manhattans with a variety of whiskey/sweet vermouth/bitters ratios but never found one I liked; it always seemed too bitter. I even ordered one from a restaurant/bar and it tasted just as bad as mine! In this drink, the flavors of the bourbon and the maraschino cherry juice blend so nicely. This is just a great flavor extravaganza and feels really sophisticated. If you go to Woodford Reserve's website, they don't list a Manhattan like this. I don't know why because this is such a good Manhattan recipe! I altered the process a little since I don't have a shaker and I like ice in my drinks. I poured into an old-fashioned glass with a few ice cubes, gave it a stir and enjoyed. I also didn't garnish with a cherry; I only have the left over juice. I'll be trying it with a cherry in the future but probably not bourbon infused. That seems like it would be too strong for me.

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