Manhattan Cocktail

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Treat yourself to a Manhattan drink for your next happy hour! This classic cocktail is easy to make with just a few ingredients. It’s a combination of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters – learn how to make it and what makes it special!

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What is a Manhattan drink recipe?

It’s adult beverage time, and what better drink to make than a classic Manhattan cocktail? This is a classic drink that you can easily make at home.

You don’t need a bunch of fancy bar tools – just a glass! Manhattan drink ingredients are simple, too. You only need three plus a garnish.

This classic cocktail has been around since the late 1800s and is still a popular drink today. It’s a combination of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. It’s usually served in a martini glass or low-ball glass.

Traditionally, Manhattan drink is made with rye whiskey, but you can substitute Canadian whiskey, bourbon, or try a blended whisky.

It’s often garnished with an orange peel or maraschino cherry, but if you want to go old-school, use a Luxardo cherry! They were used before maraschino cherries.

The four ingredients needed to make a Manhattan cocktail

What is in a Manhattan drink?

As always, use your favorite brands for liquor, but the more top shelf it is the better your drink will taste.

  • Rye Whiskey
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Bitters
  • Cherry garnish
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How to make a Manhattan cocktail?

1. Place the ice in a mixing glass and add the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters.

A dash of bitters being poured into the pitcher making Manhattan cocktails

2. Gently stir to combine.

Manhattan cocktail in a pitcher being stirred

3. Strain the drink into a low-ball glass or martini glass.

4. Garnish it with a cherry and serve.

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What’s in a Manhattan vs. old-fashioned?

They are very similar. Both are made with whiskey and bitters, but a Manhattan has sweet vermouth while an old-fashioned is made with sugar.

Is a Manhattan a strong drink?

It is a strong drink – a little goes a long way!

Why is the drink called a Manhattan?

No one knows for sure, but most think that it was created for a party held at the Manhattan Club in New York City. This was way back in the late 1800s!

But, it’s not absolutely clear that this is the truth – some think it was a drink created at a bar in NYC and then got the name Manhattan.

However it came to be, it’s a classic and continues to be a popular cocktail.

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Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

A Manhattan is a classic cocktail that’s super easy to make with just a few ingredients plus garnish!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 serving
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 2 ounces Rye Whiskey
  • ¾ ounce sweet vermouth
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • Luxardo Cherry garnish


  • Place ice into a mixing glass. Add the whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, gently stir to combine.
  • Strain into glass. Garnish with a cherry and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • This is the classic recipe, not an original.
  • Typically Rye whiskey is used but Canadian whisky, bourbon, and blended Whiskey can be used in its place.
  • Some garnish with orange peel or a modern maraschino cherry. Luxardo cherries are the original maraschino cherry before the bright red ones began being used.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword adult beverage, classic cocktail, cocktail, Manhattan, Manhattan cocktail
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You can’t go wrong with this Manhattan drink recipe if you want an easy cocktail. Pick up the ingredients and treat yourself to one soon!

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