A classic drink. Stir, most Manhattan drinkers like it that way. Shake it only when asked to do so. May be served up or on the rocks.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
1 min
total:
1 min
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 serving
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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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  • Place ice in a mixing glass. Pour in vermouth, then whiskey, and stir. Strain into a cocktail glass. Add a dash of bitters if desired, and garnish with a cherry.

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To make a Dry Manhattan

Use the same recipe, but substitute dry vermouth for the sweet, and garnish with a twist of lemon peel instead of a cherry.

Nutrition Facts

162 calories; proteing; carbohydrates 2g 1% DV; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 7.8mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2010
Oh my, this is my Dad's all time favorite drink and I'll never forget the first time he made me one. It was a bonding experience for us both. I agree with others that the Whiskey/Vermmouth ratio is definitely 2:1. I use Maker's Mark Whiskey and like my Dad taught me - spill some cherry juice in and garnish with a maraschino cherry. Enjoy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/02/2008
This may be the "True Manhattan" recipe, but I have been making Manhattan's for years now and what I've found makes them great is make the Whiskey/Vermouth 2-1 ratio then add grenadine or Cherry juice out of a jar of cherries till the color turns red. A few more calories but are they good. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/01/2008
This may be the "True Manhattan" recipe, but I have been making Manhattan's for years now and what I've found makes them great is make the Whiskey/Vermouth 2-1 ratio then add grenadine or Cherry juice out of a jar of cherries till the color turns red. A few more calories but are they good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2010
Oh my, this is my Dad's all time favorite drink and I'll never forget the first time he made me one. It was a bonding experience for us both. I agree with others that the Whiskey/Vermmouth ratio is definitely 2:1. I use Maker's Mark Whiskey and like my Dad taught me - spill some cherry juice in and garnish with a maraschino cherry. Enjoy! Read More
(105)
Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2009
My grandma had one of these every night for years and years and she lived to be 93! I agree that the correct recipe should be 2 parts whiskey to 1 part vermouth. Add a little cherry juice, serve on the rocks, and you've got a classic cocktail! Wild Turkey Whiskey is awesome in this drink. Best served with cheese and crackers during happy hour! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2008
This is fantastic! For superior taste, and an even truer Manhattan, we always use Canadian rye whisky, not American bourbon. This is our favorite cold weather cocktail. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2009
I admit the ratio is the same but I have been making Manhattans with a jigger (1 1/2 oz) of whiskey 3/4 oz. of sweet vermouth and a glass filled with ice. Naturally cherries!! LOVE this drink -- it's my signature! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2007
GOOD MANHATTAN RECIPE. L LOVE THEM AND THIS ONE IS PERFECT. I WOULD RECOMMEND USING GOOD BOOZE Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2006
I am an enthusiastic Manhattan drinker ("on the rocks with bourbon no bitters please!") and I couldn't have written this recipe better myself. Everything is accounted for - up or down bitters or none - and the whiskey:vermouth ratio is just to my personal taste! Seriously I could have written this recipe. Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2007
"DELISH"! What more can I say? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/01/2008
This is an excellent cocktail but made with Southern Comfort it is even much more delicious...try it you'll like it! Read More
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