The Best Manhattan Cocktail

    5 min

    The classic drink, which is stirred and not shaken. Whisky is stirred with sweet vermouth and served in a glass. The addition of bitters is purely optional. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.

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    Serves: 1 

    • 4 tablespoons whisky
    • 1 tablespoons sweet vermouth
    • 1 dash bitters
    • 1 cupful ice cubes
    • 1 cocktail cherry for garnish

    Prep:5min  ›  Ready in:5min 

    1. Place ice in a mixing glass. Pour in vermouth, then whisky and stir. Strain into a cocktail glass. Add a dash of bitters if desired and garnish with a cherry.


    Use the same recipe, but substitute dry vermouth for the sweet and garnish with a twist of lemon zest instead of a cherry.

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    This may be the "True Manhattan" recipe, but I have been making Manhattan's for years now and what I've found makes them great is make the Whiskey/Vermouth 2-1 ratio then add grenadine or Cherry juice out of a jar of cherries till the color turns red. A few more calories but are they good.  -  01 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Oh my, this is my Dad's all time favorite drink and I'll never forget the first time he made me one. It was a bonding experience for us both. I agree with others that the Whiskey/Vermmouth ratio is definitely 2:1. I use Maker's Mark Whiskey and like my Dad taught me - spill some cherry juice in and garnish with a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!  -  22 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My grandma had one of these every night for years and years and she lived to be 93! I agree that the correct recipe should be 2 parts whiskey to 1 part vermouth. Add a little cherry juice, serve on the rocks, and you've got a classic cocktail! Wild Turkey Whiskey is awesome in this drink. Best served with cheese and crackers during happy hour!  -  27 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)