Rye, Sweet vermouth, Bitters, Cherry
2ozRye (or bourbon)
1ozSweet vermouth
2dsBitters, Angostura
1 Cherry, Luxardo (as garnish)
Stir, strain, straight-up, cocktail glass, garnish.
Some recipes call for only 3/4 oz of vermouth for a stiffer, less sweet Manhattan. Use Carpano Antica make a complex and interesting version.
Cocktail summary
Created byJerry Thomas, The Bar-Tender's Guide, or earlier.
AuthenticityAltered recipe
ReferenceGary Regan, The Joy of Mixology
Posted by
Dan's picture
Dan on 06/06/2010
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tophat665's picture

Finest kind. I prefer to make it with a half and half mix of Noilly Pratt Dry and Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, 1:4 with a mix of ryes (Pepper's 1776 and Old Overholt is nice) with orange and angostura bitters, and a lemon twist as well as the cherry.

Sara.Rosales's picture

Irish-Scots Manhattan variation: Use Irish whiskey (Jameson) and a heavy rinse (small puddle) of Islay Scotch (Lagavulin 16), plus a 3rd dash of Angostura. (Editor's note: posted on behalf of jughead to consolidate Manhattan recipes.)

For our use: Maker's Mark bourbon, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth. Served on the rocks.

Cocktailian's picture

Have you tried one w/ Maker's 46? That, Carpano Antica, and Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters makes the most perfect Bourbon Manhattan

christina in tacoma's picture

I had almost given up on Manhattans, until an awesome bartender made me one with Black Maple Hill Bourbon and Carpano Antica...

From other users

Variation: a Perfect Manhattan, 2oz rye, 1/3oz sweet vermouth, 2/3oz dry vermouth, orange bitters. A less sweet, more interesting version. (4 stars)
The best. (5 stars)

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