Manhattan Recipe

The Cocktail Society's Manhattan recipe. Learn how to make a Manhattan with our expert mixologists.
manhattan-recipe

Method

Stir

Glass

Coupette or Martini

Category

Whisky

MANHATTAN RECIPE INGREDIENTS

50ml Bourbon (or Rye Whiskey)
25ml Vermouth
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

HOW TO MAKE A MANHATTAN COCKTAIL

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and still until well chilled. Strain into a well-chilled Coupe glass and garnish.

GARNISH

Cocktail Cherry

TELL US ABOUT THE MANHATTAN COCKTAIL

The Manhattan cocktail was arguably one of the most popular cocktails in the world at one point and while it has its moments from time to time, it’s still considered a classic cocktail. Invented in New York City’s Manhattan Club (which lends to its name), around the 1880s, the Manhattan became an instant classic.

The original recipe called for rye whiskey to provide the initial spicy profile with many cocktail enthusiasts and classic-style bartenders claiming it’s not a Manhattan without American rye whiskey. The reason being that bourbon, with its more rounded profile, has become the main spirit base used providing a lighter drink that can be enjoyed more by the casual drinker.

Despite there being many variations for the original cocktail, almost all variants stick to the same three ingredients – whiskey, Vermouth, bitters. The variations, therefore, come down to the quantities used for each ingredient and the type of whiskey used (bourbon, American rye, Canadian whiskey etc..).

A “Perfect Manhattan” as an example uses 50ml bourbon (or rye), 2-3 dashes bitter, but then 10ml dry Vermouth and 10ml sweet Vermouth to create a more medium-dry cocktail.

EXPERT TIP

Rye Whiskey is the traditional spirit of choice for a Manhattan. Due to the craft spirit boom, bourbon has quickly become the choice spirit when it comes to fashioning a Manhattan. Therefore, it’s best to sample both and see what works well for your individual preference.

A bourbon base is more well rounded providing subtle notes of vanilla, honey, and toffee while rye has a more dry, sharp and spicy flavour (complemented well by the Vermouth and bitter). For a subtle blend of both spirits, try using a bourbon with a high-rye blend or 20% – 35% (like FEW Bourbon or Four Roses).

Note – While using a mixing glass and straining to make a Manhattan, it can be tempting to shake the ingredients to save time. A Manhattan cocktail should never be shaken though. Always stir for a smooth and clean cocktail.

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