When it comes to classic cocktails, the Manhattan is definitely toward the top of the list. Both timeless and tasty, the days of only ordering this yummy drink from a bartender are over. With this recipe, you’ll be able to make the best Manhattan at home!
If you have never had a Manhattan cocktail, it is time we introduced you to this thing of beauty. The origins of the Manhattan cocktail aren’t exactly known, but it is thought to have been created in Manhattan in the late 1800s. It is said that it was the first cocktail that used vermouth, even before the martini. While it may seem fancy, the Manhattan is a very simple cocktail to make. It only requires three ingredients and a cherry (or three) on top!
This is such a simple cocktail to make and the ingredients have a great shelf life, so you can have one whenever your heart has the whim for a Manhattan. The Manhattan ingredients are:
- whiskey (or bourbon)
- a dash of bitters
Finally, it is traditionally garnished with a cherry.
How to Make a Manhattan
Gather your whiskey, vermouth, bitters, and cherries and you’ll have a Manhattan ready in no time. To a mixing glass filled with ice, add your whiskey, vermouth, and a couple of dashes of bitters. Stir gently until well mixed and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry and enjoy!
How to Serve
Any cocktail glass will do, but we prefer a coupe glass for our Manhattans. It is best to serve immediately, while chilled from the ice. A cherry (or three!) makes the perfect garnish.
Manhattan vs Old Fashioned
The Manhattan and Old Fashioned are both classic whiskey drinks, though they do have a few differences including how they are served. An Old Fashioned is sweeter and unlike the Manhattan, contains sugar and lacks Vermouth.
Other Whiskey Drinks
Manhattan Drink Recipe
- 2 oz whiskey
- 1 oz vermouth chilled
- 2 dashes bitters
- 1 cherry with a stem for garnish
- Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
averie @ averie cooks says
This IS such a classic and your photos are gorgeous!
Lisa Longley says
Thank you Averie!!
LaLessia Fricks says
Dry vermouth? Sweet Vermouth? Thank you !!
Nathan Longley says
Sweet Red Vermouth