The Manhattan is a classic cocktail believed to date back to the late 1800s. It's made with a bracing mixture of bourbon or rye whiskey mixed with sweet vermouth and a dash of Angostura bitters.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 cocktail
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Ingredients

1
Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine whiskey, vermouth, and bitters in a cocktail mixing class. Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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  • Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Cook's Note:

You may substitute bourbon whiskey for rye whiskey in your Manhattan.

Nutrition Facts

169 calories; proteing; carbohydrates 4g 1% DV; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 1.9mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2012
This is a true classic- bracing for sure but yummy all the same. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/26/2013
I was given many years ago the recipe for 'the perfect Manhattan' as follows: 2 oz. 100 proof bourbon (like Jeremiah Weed) 1 oz. extra dry Vermouth 5 drops bitters 1-2 Maraschino cherries plus 1 teaspoon cherry juice. Serve over ice or not. You won't order it 'out' as others will not be as good. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/26/2013
I was given many years ago the recipe for 'the perfect Manhattan' as follows: 2 oz. 100 proof bourbon (like Jeremiah Weed) 1 oz. extra dry Vermouth 5 drops bitters 1-2 Maraschino cherries plus 1 teaspoon cherry juice. Serve over ice or not. You won't order it 'out' as others will not be as good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2012
This is a true classic- bracing for sure but yummy all the same. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2013
Been a favorite for almost 30 years. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2015
My favorite drink. I do not care for it with Bourbon though. I usually use a Canadian whiskey. It's strong so I avoid serving it to novice drinkers or those who like sweet drinks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2014
Classic indeed! I prefer to use bourbon. While I don't typically enjoy sweet cocktails this one straddles the fence between sweet and smoky.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2013
Great classic! Thank you for saying STIR...never SHAKE....it ruins the whiskey! We love it with bourbon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2017
You have to have a basic understanding of vermouth before diving into this recipe. This recipe is fabulous (5 Star) using a good sweet vermouth. Those preferring drinks on the sweeter side can even bump that up towards a fullThe alternate recipe from Martha is also fabulous, but using dry vermouth makes it something other than a true Manhattan. There are also other high quality red vermouth on the market now Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2018
Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2019
Thank you for sharing! They look awesome. Thank you! My kids liked this I just made these for them. Thank you so much this recipe will become our family tradition. I have also written a blog on old fashioned recipe. Do you know why this Old Fashioned drink is so popular? because the main reason is its recipe is so simple and flavor is awesome so everyone loves it. hope you will like it. Please read more https://sunoapanedilki.blogspot.com/2019/12/old-fashioned-recipe.html?m=1 Read More