How to make a Manhattan Cocktail

How to make a Manhattan Cocktail
A spicy Manhattan will warm you to your toes
copyright Graeme Maclean cc-by-2.0

After the Gin Martini, this is probably the second most popular cocktail, hailing back as far as the 1880's or earlier. Classically it is made with American Rye Whiskey as the main spirit, but bourbon can also be used providing a milder flavor profile.

Together with the whiskey, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters are gently stirred until cold and allowing it all to mix with some of the melted ice. The botanicals in the vermouth and the bitters accent the "bite" of the whiskey providing a delightful dance of warm spiciness on the palette.

For equipment, you'll need these 3 essential items:

  • A shaker

  • Bar spoon

  • Coupe cocktail glass (A Martini glass can also be used)

Manhattan Recipe


  • 2 ounces Rye Whiskey

  • 1 ounces sweet vermouth

  • 2 - 3 dashes Angostura bitters

  • (Optional) Cocktail cherry


  • Fill the shaker about 1/2 to 2/3 full with ice

  • Add the whiskey, vermouth and bitters

  • Gently stir until the outside of the shaker is cold (about 30 stirs)

  • Strain into cocktail glass

  • Add cocktail cherry, allowing it to sink to bottom of the glass

  • Serve immediately