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 Details

Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 2 servings

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


  • 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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
188 Calories
0g Fat
6g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 188
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 47mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)