A Manhattan in your hand instantly makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a swanky bar, or maybe even gone back in time.  The beauty of the classic cocktail cannot be overstated.  Sip it slowly, and take it in.

Manhattan Cocktail

Manhattan Cocktail Origin

The Manhattan gets its name honestly, created at the Manhattan Club in New York City in 1874.  It was made with sweet vermouth and rye, though there have been more versions of this drink than one could possibly count.  Now a Sweet Manhattan connotes a Manhattan made with sweet vermouth, a Dry Manhattan is one made with dry vermouth, and a perfect Manhattan usually means a drink made with a combo of sweet and dry vermouths.  The bitters is an essential ingredient, adding flavor and dimension to the drink.

Manhattan Cocktail: This classic cocktail instantly makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a swanky bar, or maybe even gone back in time. 

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Cherries in a Manhattan

Maraschino or marinated cherries are the classic garnish for Manhattans.  Sometimes you see an orange twist used as a garnish, in addition to or in place of the cherries.  Try to find some nice upscale marinated cherries to use in place of the traditional vermillion-syrupy maraschino cherries to give this drink a final sophisticated twist.  Or get yourself the best maraschino cherries out there; Luxardo is the brand most bartenders like the most.

Manhattan Cocktail

How to Make a Manhattan

Pour the rye or bourbon into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add the sweet vermouth.

Manhattan Cocktail

Then the bitters. 

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Shake well, until the outside of the shaker is very, very cold and beaded with condensation.  Strain the drink into two chilled rocks glasses.

Manhattan Cocktail

Add a cherry to each glass.  Enjoy!

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Manhattan Cocktail

This classic cocktail instantly makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a swanky bar, or maybe even gone back in time. 
Yield: 2 Drinks
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces rye or bourbon
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 Maraschino or marinated cherries for garnish

Directions

  • Pour the rye or bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters and Campari into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, until the outside of the shaker is very, very cold and beaded with condensation.
  • Strain the drink into two chilled rocks. Add a cherry to each glass.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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