Manhattan Drink Recipe

Manhattan drink recipe
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Nutrition Information† ‡

Serving size: 1 drink

0.0 g
4 g
0.1 g


How to Make It

  1. Add whiskey, vermouth and bitters to a mixing glass or cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Top with a maraschino cherry and serve.

Comments on Manhattan

  • Hambone
    Mar 20th, 2022
    Agreed, Manhattan’s should never be shaken. General rule of thumb is no citrus no shakes. Swizzle stick, then ice. Then one more stir. If you want a little orange flavor, use a high end orange bitters. But at the end of the day it’s what your customers palate is looking for. But don’t deviate too much or it’s no longer the a Manhattan. Cheers!
  • Kyle
    Apr 14th, 2012
    I try for a 'Perfect Manhattan' using rye whisky, sweet and dry vermouth, bitters and lemon juice. 2.5-3:1 whisky:each vermouth, 3 drops lemon juice, 3 shakes of bitters. If I can't use rye exclusively, I use any bourbon (Buffalo Trace is in the current glass) and add a couple splashes of bitters. I prefer my drink 'spicy', and rye/ bitters does this well. No cherry.
  • Riff
    Jun 3rd, 2011
    Manhattan should NEVER be shaken.
  • Rifraf
    Mar 7th, 2011
    For a good twist on this classic I use a splash of a light orange liquer like Citronage instead of cherries. I call it an Old Palm Beach, after the ritzy part of Fl instead of New York.
  • Jan 2nd, 2011
    For years I've been doing this one with Gentleman Jack and sweet Vermouth. I generally do a 2 to 1 ratio. Two GJ to one SV. Two shots to one, two bottles to one, whatever fits the occasion (sneer...), and when I 'splash' some bitters, it now becomes a "Perfect Gentleman". Love it!
  • Digger
    Aug 29th, 2009
    This recipe seems to work best with Seagram's V.O. It has the smoothness of Canadian whisky with just the right amount of bourbon in it. A manhattan needs some bourbon. Straight bourbon seems to give the drink a harsher edge to it. Easy on the cherry and orange or the drink can get too sweet, overpowering the balance of the whisky and vermouth. I remember a Manhattan party where I was mixing the drinks using Pyrex measuring cups. Shot glasses were too small and inefficient!

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