Manhattan - Whiskey Cocktail

About The Manhattan Cocktail

The Manhattan cocktail—now this is what the Manhattan Project should've been about.

Ingredients in the The Manhattan Cocktail

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 5 drops Angostura Bitters

How to make The Manhattan Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Other Information

Watch advisory board member Dushan Zaric make an Employees Only Manhattan in our How to Cocktail video.
Or watch top bartender Allison Widdecombe make a classic Manhattan, along with her own, award-winning variation in How to Cocktail: Manhattan, Two Ways.

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Discussion (10)

  • Donnyboy posted 2 years ago

    The Luxardo cherries really are ridiculously good. When I make a Manhattan for myself, or am out at a cocktail bar (as opposed to a dive) It's simply Canadian Club, splash of sweet vermouth, stirred with ice, served up and gotta have that Luxardo cherry!

  • subina posted 2 years ago

    Since I can never make up my mind, I threw in the towel. This is how I drink my Manhattans now: 1 oz top shelf rye, 1 oz top shelf bourbon, 1/2 oz sweet vermouth, 1/2 oz dry vermouth. Couple dashes Angostura and one dash of Regan's Orange for good measure. Topped off with a luscious Luxardo cherry. The best of all worlds.

  • jmacknyk posted 2 years ago

    Griottines only, if they are not available then I go with a lemon twist.

  • subina posted 2 years ago

    Actually, I keep looking at this page and nowhere do I see that the above cocktail was called a Perfect Manhattan Cocktail; I just see Manhattan Cocktail. Perhaps I am seeing it after the change was made. True, the addition of dry vermouth makes it perfect but some people like the original recipe which just calls for sweet vermouth. In addition, despite the fact that the recipe calls for rye, I prefer bourbon. I've asked many bartenders their opinion about this and most of the ones I asked agreed wholeheartedly that bourbon should be used. Personal taste. NOW, what brand of cherries does everyone use? That makes a difference too!

  • posted 3 years ago

    The amounts in this recipe is correct. Two-to-one is a pretty standard ratio of whiskey to vermouth in a Manhattan, though plenty of recipes vary.

  • Matthew T Williams posted 3 years ago

    This recipe uses double the vermouth most recipes prescribe. A third mistake in one recipe, perhaps.

  • ljason posted 5 years ago

    Frowst and Bubikon: You're both absolutely right. Good catch, and our apologies. We've changed the name of this recipe.
    -Jason Horn, assistant editor

  • Mr. PC posted 5 years ago

    Frowst and Bubikon - Yes -Thank You - I don't need any sweet - but it's ok. I use a twist of lemon also - no cherry

  • Bubikon posted 5 years ago

    Making a perfect Manhattan with a cherry and no dry vermouth is sacrilege. For a website devoted to drinks this is just wrong.

  • Frowst posted 5 years ago

    This is a regular Manhattan, not a perfect one. A Perfect Manhattan contains both sweet and dry vermouth.

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