Use good quality bourbon and sweet vermouth.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the sweet vermouth and whiskey and splash on 2 dashes of bitters. Shake while counting to 30. Pour into 2 cocktail glasses, garnish each with a cherry and serve immediately

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Nutrition Facts

139.3 calories; 0 g protein; 4.7 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 1.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2008
WOW! My husband and I loved this...perfect ratio. We didn't change a thing just chilled the glasses really well. Don't skip the bitters or the cherries it adds to the great flavour. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2009
The classic Manhattan should be made with bitters. Read More
(19)
25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2008
WOW! My husband and I loved this...perfect ratio. We didn't change a thing just chilled the glasses really well. Don't skip the bitters or the cherries it adds to the great flavour. Read More
(34)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2004
That Shaggy sure knows his drinks! This cocktail is a little sweet from the vermouth but it packs a punch with all that liquor! The cherry makes a nice presentation but I usually leave it out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2006
Shaggy makes good drinks. This is a very good Manhattan. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2009
The classic Manhattan should be made with bitters. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2010
You are right about using high-quality ingredients - Maker's Mark for bourbon and Martini vermouth (dry for me). I pour the ingredients right in the glass which I have had chilling in the freezer all day! Got a Waterford martini glass on eBay... ah such a delight! It will spoil you for trying to drink a Manhattan made by anyone but your "ownself". Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2010
I use bitters also a classic manhattan made in bars. What I like is Jim Beam instead of regular bourbon with a little cherry juice. I have also found if you like cherries with your bourbon try Jim Beam Stag. It is so good just on the rocks. My mother in-law loves it on vanilla ice cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2009
This is the same recipe we use though I sometimes add about 1/2 tbsp of juice from the jar of cherries. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2009
it tastes even better with Irish whiskey Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2004
A classic! Don't skip the bitters - it really does add the perfect touch. Read More
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