How To Make a Classic Manhattan Cocktail


A Manhattan cocktail requires only three ingredients: whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters, plus a sweet cherry garnish. Purists will argue that rye whiskey is the non-negotiable spirit of choice to use—it lends a spicy, slightly smoky flavor—but those who prefer a more mellow, smooth cocktail can swap in bourbon. To get super swanky, rub the rim of your cocktail glass with a fresh lemon peel before serving and look for high-quality cocktail cherries, like those from Luxardo.

manhattan cocktail
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Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon

  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth

  • 2 - 3 dashes Angostura bitters

  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish


  1. Add the whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters to a chilled cocktail glass or shaker filled with ice. Stir until well-chilled.

  2. Strain the mixture into your serving glass; add one large ice cube and garnish with the cherry.

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