Dubious Manhattan

The Manhattan cocktail should be inducted into the cocktail hall of fame! When made correctly, it is a perfectly balanced and delicious cocktail. Why not take your next Manhattan up a notch and celebrate the holidays in style with gold gilded cherries!?

Über Bar Tools as seen in this video include: ProFlow™ speed pourer, ProJig™, Prostirrer and the Juliep Strainer.

2 ounces Makers Mark

1/2 ounce Dubonnet Rouge

1/2 ounce sweet red vermouth

Dash of peach bitters

garnish with gilded cherries

Gilded Cherries

1 cup maraschino cherries – DRAINED WELL

1/2 – 3/4 tsp. Gold Luster Dust (available at cake decorating stores or on-line)

Recipe adapted from Kathy Casey’s Sips & Apps, Chronicle Books – Copyright © Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen™


Measure the bourbon, Dubonnet, and vermouth into a mixing glass. Add the bitters.

Fill 3/4 with ice and stir.

Strain into a martini glass. Spear a Gilded Cherry on a pick and lay across drink.

Gilded Cherries

Make the cherries in a container that you are going to store the cherries.

It is important that the cherries be very well drained. Place the cherries in the container and add the luster dust.

Stir gently to coat cherries in gold. Do not over stir - over stirring makes the gold “stirred in” and not coating.

Store refrigerated for up to 1 week.


blair frodelius 17 Dec 2010
6:33 am


The Manhattan is indeed in the Cocktail Hall of Fame.  You can find a variety of commentary and recipes at their website.

Cocktailhall (dot) org



Federico Cuco 24 Dec 2010
6:18 am

very good this variation of the Manhattan cocktail recipe.
It was a bit difficult to get the “luster dust”.
But it got, so that Christmas Eve, my family will drink this cocktail.
Thank you very much.
Greetings from the far south.
Federico, from Buenos Aires

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