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Perfect Manhattan Drink Recipe

Updated on February 27, 2008

A Manhattan Drink Is for Mature Drinkers

In my opinion, a Manhattan drink isn't for beginners. I would compare a Manhattan cocktail to someone that goes from drinking Boone's Farm wines and graduates to a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Not that I'm knocking Boone's Farm. In fact, I still like Boone's Farm wine. But Boone's Farm has a sweet taste, and the alcohol is barely detectable. The more expensive, 'sophisticated' wines definitely have a detectable alcoholic taste. And I've yet to find an expensive wine that doesn't make me grimace.

The same goes for a Manhattan drink. A Manhattan cocktail is almost pure whiskey. There are very few liquors that I enjoy drinking straight. And I like my mixed drink to taste like candy, thank you, with little hint of alcohol. However, my husband loves these and so I figured other people would enjoy Manhattan cocktail drinks, too.

Enjoy this Perfect Manhattan drink recipe. But remember, Manhattan cocktail drinks are stout. Drink Manhattans while entertaining at home or have a designated driver or cab waiting. (I hope I don't sound preachy.)

Perfect Manhattan Drink
Perfect Manhattan Drink

How to Make a Perfect Manhattan Drink

Perfect Manhattan Cocktail Ingredients

2 ounces blended whiskey- rye is best

1/2 ounces each- sweet vermouth and dry vermouth

Dash of bitters (optional)

Lemon, orange or lime peel

Maraschino cherry for garnish (optional)

Pour all of the liquids into a mixing glass with 3 or 4 ice cubes. Stir gently until very cold, about 20 seconds. Twist the peel. Swipe the rim and inside of a chilled cocktail glass with the peel. Discard the peel. Strain the alcohol mix into the chilled cocktail (martini) glass. Drop in a maraschino, if desired.

Note- For intense citrus flavor, heat the peel in a lit match and then drop into the Manhattan drink.

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    • shin_rocka04 profile image


      6 years ago from Maryland

      I think the Manhattan will always be one of the most classy cocktails out there. It just exudes a certain aura. I have a video posted on my blog from someone that made a nice Manhattan:

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      Nora Charles 

      6 years ago

      Had a manhattan at a cigar bar in Washington DC called Shelly's

      The lady bartender there has the "touch".

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      7 years ago

      All sounds very tasty.

      What is bitters?

      And where can it be purchased?


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      8 years ago

      Never let the kids get the hands on a sacred procedure, this 81 yr old ex bar keep says.

      Drove cab and kept bar while getting book education and served many "real" classic manhattens.

      Keep it simple... 2 oz customer's choice ( Rye, grain neutral or Bourb, 1 oz sweet vermouth ( NEVER dry verm ) 1 marisch cherry w teaspoon of cherry liq, 6 cubes in shaker , shake and pour OR over the rocks in a festive glass. My personal preference for th booze is Rye. Best is PIkesville from Maryland.

      And yes, transport wise, call a cab. Party on

      My line, "Hi Mam, come here often ? I don't know your usual.

      Life is good when you use it right

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      8 years ago

      so care about so much

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      8 years ago

      Best " Manhattan "at Keens Steakhouse New York City

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      9 years ago

      the king of drinks

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      9 years ago

      oh and ditch the cherry for a lemon!

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      9 years ago

      yes, you do sound preachy. Try a cheap malbec for a good wine taste. 6-10$ is not expensive.

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      Rick Spells 

      10 years ago

      Sipping on one right now.......... Mmmmmmmm Awesome

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      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      Cgull8m, you gotta try a Perfect Manhattan drink if you get the chance.

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      Angela Harris 

      11 years ago from Around the USA

      Thanks so much, Teris. They are great drinks, aren't they?

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      11 years ago from USA

      I have been looking for a perfect Manhatten drink recipe for ages, thanks very much I am going to put this one to good use. I love this drink and remember drinking it many years ago when I was in college, and then they were not fashionable as they are now. Great recipe!!

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      11 years ago from North Carolina

      That looks lovely, if it were real I could have grabbed it :) Because of exercises I don't drink that much only occasional beers. But if I am offered cocktails I will remember this drink. Thanks.


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