Manhattan

The Manhattan is one of those great classic cocktails whose origins are steeped in the hazy stories of drinkers from days gone by. It’s also a cocktail that bartenders love to play with.

Our version uses the classic 2 to 1 rye to vermouth ratio with the addition of a bing cherry to compliment the smokiness of the rye whiskey and is served on a big rock to keep everything ice cold.   

In classic Manhattans, the sweet vermouth is the star bringing sweetness and complexity to the cocktail. If you’re interested in a cocktail with less sweetness and more balance try our Perfect Manhattan recipe that uses an equal amount of sweet and dry vermouth.

The drink is normally served neat with a maraschino cherry. Our preference is to serve it with a large globe of ice to keep it cold, without diluting it and to use a cherry that doesn’t make us think of nuclear meltdowns and clowns, let alone nuclear meltdowns caused by clowns.

For recipes like this check out our Classic Cocktail section.

Manhattan cocktail

Manhattan cocktail

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 Bada Bing cherry

Instructions

  • In a large glass mix good rye whiskey with sweet vermouth and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters. Add ice, stir, and strain into a cocktail glass. 
    Add a large chunk of ice and a Bada Bing cherry to garnish.
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Course: Happy Hour, Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Classic Cocktails

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