Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

The stiff, smooth union of whiskey and vermouth is a classic of the cocktail canon.

Vicky Wasik

Up there with the Old Fashioned and the martini as an undisputed classic, a Manhattan is a bold, brawny drink that, made right, is smooth and sippable. Rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters are all you need, though garnishing with a high-quality cherry doesn't hurt.

Recipe Facts

Total: 0 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 4 ounces rye whiskey
  • 2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: 2 Maraschino cherries


  1. Pour the whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until outside of shaker is very cold to touch.

  2. Place a maraschino cherry in each of two chilled cocktail glasses. Dividing evenly, strain the contents of the shaker over cherries and serve immediately.

Special equipment

Mixing glass, cocktail strainer