Classic Bourbon Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Bourbon Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

You only need three main ingredients to make this classic bourbon Manhattan cocktail recipe at home. You’ll need bourbon, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters. Then, if you want, finish it off with orange peel and a maraschino cherry for garnish.

Bourbon Manhattan Cocktail Recipe at Home

Not long ago, we sat and watched as a young mixologist painstakingly made us his take on a Manhattan cocktail. House-made bitters and vermouth were added. He stirred, never shook and the precision with which he used his personal zester, one that he has had for years was mesmerizing.

At home, we don’t make our own vermouth or bitters, not that we would want to (read: it would be pretty cool, though).  Leaving the house-made stuff to the pros, we, instead, make this simple bourbon Manhattan cocktail recipe.

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You only need three main ingredients to make this classic bourbon Manhattan cocktail recipe at home. You'll need bourbon, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters. Then, if you want, finish it off with orange peel and a maraschino cherry for garnish.
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You Will Need
  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes aromatic bitters (We use Angostura)
  • maraschino cherry for garnish
  • orange peel for garnish
Directions
  1. Fill a martini glass to the brim with ice so it chills while you make the Manhattan.
  2. Add whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters to a shaker or glass with a few ice cubes, and then stir or gently shake. Do not over do it, you do not want the ice to water down the drink.
  3. Discard ice from martini glass then strain Manhattan into the chilled glass and garnish with cherry and orange peel.
Notes and Tips
Find Angostura bitters at your local liqueur store or sometimes you can find it in the mixers section of the grocery store.

While we used bourbon in this version, it is also popular to use rye whiskey.

We like our Manhattan on the sweeter side, but if you prefer things on the dryer side, use 50/50 sweet vermouth to dry vermouth.

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7 comments… Leave a Comment

  • Elen Grey February 29, 2012, 3:02 pm

    That looks divine. I haven’t had a Manhattan in some time. Now, I’m thinking I need to correct that. I’m printing!

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    • Adam February 29, 2012, 8:41 pm

      Enjoy!

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  • Erica March 1, 2012, 11:02 am

    Love this recipe. I hate sugary cocktails, so anything with bitters is a must-try for me. Bonus: very sophisticated!

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  • John August 27, 2012, 8:40 am

    You can never go wrong with the classics.

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    • Adam August 30, 2012, 11:47 am

      John — no kidding!

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  • Rich bauter December 22, 2013, 11:22 pm

    Manhattans

    I love my Manhattan but find it more satisfying without adding bitters. I use Wild Turkey 101, sweet vermouth and mariachio cherry and a drop of cherry juice.

    Is there a specific name for a Manhattan without bitters as I describe?

    Rich BAUTER

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  • Cubby Urungus July 1, 2014, 10:21 pm

    I went to Spec’s and they had all kind of flavored bitters except plain bitters. I bought the lemon flavor. Could’ve had peach, lime, orange, cherry (which cost more?).
    But I went with lemon. No regrets. Doesn’t really matter what the flavor, gotta have bitters in there somewhere.
    Not. A. Purist.

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