A Perfect Manhattan

The Perfect Manhattan gets its name from the equal amounts of sweet and dry vermouth in it. It’s also no surprise that a classic cocktail recipe named after Manhattan would have a variation that considers itself perfect.

A Perfect Manhattan is a great choice for anyone who thinks regular Manhattans are a touch too sweet.

Like all Manhattans, this cocktail is better stirred than shaken.  The reason drinks like this are better stirred is that stirring produces a smoother, silkier drink that highlights the vermouth.

A Perfect Manhattan

It’s no surprise that a drink named after Manhattan would have a version that considers itself perfect

We prefer to garnish our Perfect Manhattans with a lemon twist, instead of the traditional cherry, to compliments the flavors in the vermouth. For more recipes like this check out our Classic Cocktail section.

A Perfect Manhattan

A Perfect Manhattan

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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • lemon twist


  • Pour the rye and both vermouths into a large glass with ice.
  • Add two dashes of Angostura bitters and stir it long enough to get everything nice and cold.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a twist of lemon.
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Classic Cocktails