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I'll start you off with a classic Manhattan, and leave you with a few variations to the traditional recipe so you can fine tune the cocktail to your liking.
- 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
- 2 oz. rye whiskey
- a dash of Angostura bitters
- maraschino cherry, for garnish
- ice cubes
- Put the sweet vermouth, rye whiskey, and Angostura bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish the drink with a maraschino cherry, and enjoy!
|Serving size: 1 cocktail|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 4 g||1%|
|Sugar 4 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Variations to The Manhattan Recipe
As with most cocktails, there are many variations to the Classic Manhattan recipe. When making your own Manhattan you may want to tweak the recipe a bit to better suit your personal taste. For instance, if you prefer a sweeter Manhattan you may wish to add a little juice from the cherry jar. If you like your Manhattan "on the rocks", you would serve it in a low-ball glass (old-fashioned glass) with ice. Bartenders will often tweak a Manhattan recipe a bit as well. They are often creative types, and switching things up a little will allow them to put a signature touch on the drinks they serve. Here is a list of some of the most popular Manhattan variations:
- Brandy Manhattan- replace rye whiskey with brandy
- Southern Comfort Manhattan- replace rye whiskey with Southern Comfort
- Rob Roy- made with scotch instead of rye whiskey
- Dry Manhattan- made with dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth
- Perfect Manhattan- made with a splash of sweet vermouth and a splash of dry vermouth
- Latin Manhattan- made with white rum instead of rye and a splash of maraschino cherry juice.
- Cuban Manhattan- made with dark rum instead of rye