Manhattan Cocktail

The Manhattan is where we start to get all fancy and what-have-you. Break out the cocktail glasses. If you don’t like whiskey, you’ll hate this one. And it could care less. Take it or leave it. The Manhattan is commonly made with bourbon, but the real authentic style is with rye. Check out how just two ingredients (whiskey and vermouth) take a couple drops of bitters for a ride and create an amazing depth of flavor. Here’s where you’ll see why stirring spirits-only drinks makes a difference versus shaking. If you’re curious, try one shaken really hard so you can see the difference – and so you’ll know why to send one back if it’s made wrong.


2 oz rye whiskey

1 oz Italian vermouth

2 dashes Angostura bitters


Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer at least ten minutes.

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass or shaker.

Add a mix of ice cubes and cracked ice to cover well above the liquid level.

Stir well to blend and chill.

Double-strain (to catch small bits of ice) into the prepared, chilled glass.

Garnish with a Luxardo Maraschino Cherry pierced on a cocktail pick.


Zman1119 22 Jun 2012
1:01 pm

Like the Rittenhouse and the Carpana!  The Carpana Antica Vermouth is a little hard to find but well worth the effort.  This is my go2 winter drink.

Dave Stolte 22 Jun 2012
1:12 pm

They balance each other out very nicely, I think. Rittenhouse is pretty punchy and the Carpano Antica is sweet and vanilla-forward. They make good friends.

Nick L. 22 Jun 2012
2:32 pm

No tonic in this one, Dave?  Kidding!

Really great representation of a classic.  Gotta agree with the above on the Carpano Antica.  I almost jumped out of my pants when I found my local liquor store started carrying it regularly.

Dave Stolte 22 Jun 2012
3:18 pm

No tonic! Ha :)

You won’t see it again until the Mojito & Tom Collins.

Dinah (MetaGrrrl/Bibulous) 22 Jun 2012
3:54 pm

Great ingredient choices here. Absolutely agree on your “if not the Rittenhouse, then what?” list and I’d add Sazerac 6 year rye as your step up to heavenly.

If folks like the Manhattan and are somewhere that has a Vieux Carre on their menu, give that a try too.

onkelandy 6 Aug 2012
12:58 pm

Very elegant, great ingredients.. Would have been interesting to have one drink stirred and one shaken as you are making 2 drinks anyhow ;)?

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