Guide To Make Manhattan Recipe Bourbon Simple

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The Manhattan is a true classic, a cocktail that’s stood the test of time and continues to be a favorite among bartenders and imbibers alike. Its origins are shrouded in a bit of mystery, but its place in cocktail history is undeniable. This potent and flavorful drink is surprisingly simple to make at home, requiring just a handful of ingredients.



2 oz Rye Whiskey (high-quality rye for a more peppery finish, or blended whiskey for a smoother taste)

  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth (Italian is preferred, but any sweet vermouth will work)
  • 1/4 oz Dry Vermouth (optional, adds a touch of complexity)
  • 2-3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Luxardo Maraschino Cherry (for garnish)
  • Orange Peel (for garnish)

  • Directions:

    1. Combine rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth (if using), and Angostura bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice.
    2. Stir gently for 30 seconds to chill and dilute the drink slightly.
    3. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
    4. Express the oils from an orange peel over the drink (hold the peel over the glass and squeeze slightly to release the oils) and discard the peel.
    5. Garnish with a Luxardo Maraschino cherry.


    Use high-quality ingredients for the best flavor.

  • Experiment with different ratios of rye whiskey and vermouth to find your perfect balance.
  • If you don’t have a mixing glass, you can use a mason jar with a lid filled with ice.
  • For a sweeter Manhattan, use a touch more sweet vermouth.
  • For a drier Manhattan, use less sweet vermouth or add a dash of dry vermouth.

  • Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Calories: 220 (approx.)

  • Carbohydrates: 5 g (approx.)
  • Sugar: 4 g (approx.)
  • Fat: 0 g (approx.)
  • Protein: 0 g (approx.)
  • Alcohol: 1 oz (approx.)

  • Note: These are approximate values and can vary depending on the specific brands of alcohol and ingredients used.


    The Manhattan is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed year-round. Its balance of sweet and bitter flavors, along with the rye whiskey’s kick, makes for a truly satisfying cocktail. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply unwinding after a long day, the Manhattan is a timeless classic that’s sure to please.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. What can I substitute for rye whiskey? – You can substitute bourbon whiskey for rye whiskey. Bourbon will create a slightly sweeter Manhattan.

    2. I don’t have sweet vermouth. Can I still make a Manhattan? – Yes, you can make a “Perfect Manhattan” by using equal parts sweet vermouth and dry vermouth.

    3. What kind of cherry should I use? – Luxardo Maraschino cherries are the traditional garnish for a Manhattan. They are sweet and have a hint of almond flavor. You can substitute with any type of cherry you like, but avoid fresh cherries as they can dilute the drink.

    4. Why do I need to express the orange peel? – Expressing the orange peel releases the essential oils, which add a subtle citrus aroma to the drink.

    5. How strong is a Manhattan? – A Manhattan is a potent drink, typically containing around 1 ounce of liquor. Always drink responsibly.