Amongst the most recognisable of cocktails, the much loved & timeless Manhattan cocktail is a sophisticated yet simple mixture of Whiskey, Vermouth & a dash of Angostura Bitters, garnished with a Maraschino Cherry. Using Rye Whisky will give you a robust, spicy kick & full flavoured Manhattan that tastes like Frank Sinatra in a glass.

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  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • Preparation Time: 5 min

Manhattan Ingredients

Rye Whisky2.5shots
Sweet Vermouth1shot
Angostura Bitters1-2dashes

Garnish with Maraschino Cherry.

How to Make a Manhattan

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice & stir.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry.

Tips & Tricks Making a Manhattan

  • If you prefer your cocktails to be dryer, you could try a variation called the Dry Manhattan using Dry Vermouth & a Lemon Garnish instead.
  • Another variation on the Manhattan Cocktail is the Perfect Manhattan using a 50:50 mixture of Dry & Sweet Vermouths, garnished with a Twist of Orange & Maraschino Cherry.
  • Bourbon can be substituted for the Rye Whiskey & will generally give you a sweeter, brighter finish. Blended scotch whisky meanwhile can be used for an all-round smoother finish.
  • To achieve different results, you could try Orange Bitters in place of Angostura Bitters (bitters are a good place to experiment), or a drop of Maraschino Cherry juice for those who like sweeter cocktails.
  • Manhattan cocktails can also be served over ice in an Old Fashioned glass, which allows the cocktail to be diluted further making it a little less boozy.

Fun Facts About the Manhattan

  • Like most classic cocktails, the origin of the Manhattan Cocktail name is unclear. According to some sources, it was created at the Manhattan Club, New York, for Lady Randolph Churchill who held a banquet in honour of a the politician Samuel J. Tilden. During this era, people ordered a cocktail by the name of the club in which they first had the drink.
  • During prohibition Canadian Club whisky was used in place of Rye Whisky.

Items You Need to Make a Manhattan

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Cocktail Glass

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Old Fashioned Glass

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Mixing Glass

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Bar Spoon

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