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The Manhattan

Unlike a lot of the cocktails we feature, the Manhattan’s recipe hasn’t changed much over the years. You can vary the proportion of vermouth to bourbon to get the amount of sweetness you want, or you can shake it instead of stirring it, but the ingredients always remain the same. The original recipe used rye rather than bourbon, and if you can find rye, that’s the preferred spirit.

Manhattan Cocktail with cherry
Angled view of Manhattan Cocktail with cherry
Overhead view of Manhattan Cocktail with cherry


  • 1/2 ounce Italian (sweet) vermouth
  • 1 jigger rye (Canadian whiskey) or bourbon
  • Dash of Angostura bitters (optional)

Stir with cracked ice, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a cherry. Can also be served on the rocks.

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