Manhattan Recipe

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








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


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


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Pro Tip

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.

About the Manhattan

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, it 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.


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