Dubious Manhattan

Dubious Manhattan Cocktail

Base Spirit: Bourbon / American Whiskey, Vermouth / Aperitif Wine

Type: Modern Classics

Served: Neat/Up

Preparation: Shaken

Strength: Strong

Difficulty: Medium

Flavor Profile: Spirit-forward

About the Dubious Manhattan Cocktail

Don’t worry about the name; there’s no reason to doubt this classic cocktail.

Ingredients in the Dubious Manhattan Cocktail

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • .5 oz Dubonnet Rouge
  • .5 oz Sweet red vermouth
  • 1 dash Peach bitters

Garnish: 3 Drunken Plumped Cherries*

Glass: Martini

How to make the Dubious Manhattan Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a Martini glass. Spear 3 Drunken Plumped Cherries on a cocktail pick and drop into the drink.

*Drunken Plumped Cherries


  • .5 cup Dried sweet cherries
  • .5 cup Dubonnet Rouge
  • .25 cup Sugar
  • .25 cup Hot water


Place the cherries, Dubonnet and sugar in a small bowl. Pour in the hot water and stir well. Cover, and let stand at room temperature for at least 12 hours before using. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. (This recipe makes 1 cup.)

Photo from Sips & Apps, ©2009 by Kathy Casey

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  1. Shake???

    Who wrote this???

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