What Is a Manhattan?
The Manhattan, named for the New York City borough of its birth, is a cocktail made of two parts whiskey, one part sweet vermouth, and a few dashes of aromatic bitters. The Manhattan is stirred, not shaken, and garnished with a brandied cherry or two. There are many variations on the Manhattan cocktail, like swapping rum for whiskey, or Averna amaro for vermouth.
Classic Manhattan Recipe
Prep Time5 min
Total Time5 min
- 2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth (look for an Italian vermouth like Dolin or Carpano Antica)
- 3 dashes angostura bitters
- Luxardo cherries
- Optional: orange peel, for garnish
- Add two handfuls of ice cubes to a cocktail mixing glass or shaker.
- Add whiskey, vermouth, and bitters, to the glass and stir. You want the ingredients thoroughly, but gently, blended, and well-chilled, so stir for about two minutes.
- Spoon one dark Luxardo cocktail cherry (with a bit of its syrup) into the base of a chilled cocktail glass, either a coupe or a martini glass. (If you’re using an old-fashioned glass, simply spear a few cherries onto a cocktail skewer, or opt for an orange peel.)
- Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy.
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