The Classic Manhattan

The Classic Manhattan


  • ice
  • 3 parts whisky
  • 1 part vermouth (sweet or dry)
  • dash of bitters
  • cherry, to garnish
A Manhattan was traditionally made with rye whisky but it will work deliciously well with your favourite whisky - whatever it may be. 

In a nutshell, the Manhattan cocktail is whisky-forward, with the vermouth adding smooth, spiced sweetness and the bitters adding a little punch.

As with martinis, there are many ways to make a manhattan based on your personal taste. But before you start experimenting, let's nail the original concept. 

  1. Pour ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry for sweet vermouth or a twist of lemon for dry.

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