Manhattan Cocktail

Base Spirit: Rye Whiskey, Whiskey

Type: Classics

Served: Neat/Up

Preparation: Stirred

Strength: Medium

Difficulty: Simple

Flavor Profile: Spirit-forward

About the Manhattan Cocktail

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

Ingredients in the Manhattan Cocktail

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

Garnish: Cherry

Glass: Cocktail

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.

Watch advisory board member Dushan Zaric make an Employees Only Manhattan in our How to Cocktail video.

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

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

    • 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!

  5. Matthew T Williams says

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

  6. 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.

    • Donnyboy says

      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!


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