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Manhattan Recipe

Updated on March 18, 2014
5 stars from 4 ratings of The Classic Manhattan Recipe

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.

Cook Time

Prep time: 3 min
Ready in: 3 min
Yields: 1 drink


  • 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 2 oz. rye whiskey
  • a dash of Angostura bitters
  • maraschino cherry, for garnish
  • ice cubes


  1. Put the sweet vermouth, rye whiskey, and Angostura bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well.
  2. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish the drink with a maraschino cherry, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cocktail
Calories 158
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 4 g1%
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


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