Manhattan Cocktail


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Manhattan Cocktail

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Ingredients (5)

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • 1 cherry in marasca syrup


Proportions for the classic Manhattan are two (sometimes three) parts whiskey to one part sweet vermouth, with a little aromatic boost from bitters. The drink is believed to date from 1874, created by a bartender at New York’s Manhattan Club. “Since New York was a rye town in those days,” writes cocktail expert Dale DeGroff in The Craft of the Cocktail, “the original Manhattan was made with rye whiskey.” Bourbon Manhattans are a thing in the South.

What to buy: Unlike the shockingly red maraschinos that top the kids’ sundaes, cherries in marasca syrup are chewy, dark, and free of food coloring. Look for the Italian brand Luxardo.


  1. 1Place a cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.
  2. 2Measure the whiskey and vermouth into a mixing glass. Add the bitters.
  3. 3Add ice and stir until chilled, about 30 seconds.
  4. 4Strain into the chilled cocktail glass.
  5. 5Drop the cherry into the glass and serve.

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