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How to Make a Manhattan

While most of cocktail society seems to agree that the martini reigns as the ultimate cocktail, the manhattan runs a close second.


  • Step 1: Fill glass w/ ice Fill the mixing glass with ice.
  • Step 2: Add rye Add the rye.
  • TIP: Bourbon gradually surpassed rye in popularity after Prohibition and has become a common substitute. It will give your drink a smokier flavor.
  • Step 3: Add sweet vermouth Add the sweet vermouth.
  • TIP: A "dry Manhattan" replaces sweet vermouth with dry vermouth; a "perfect Manhattan" is made with half dry and half sweet vermouth.
  • Step 4: Add 2 dashes of bitters Add the two dashes of bitters.
  • Step 5: Stir w/ spoon Stir with the spoon until the mixing glass is cold to the touch.
  • Step 6: Place cherry Place a cherry in the cocktail glass.
  • TIP: To serve your Manhattan "on the rocks," pour it over fresh ice in a rocks glass.
  • Step 7: Strain mixture Strain the mixture into the glass and celebrate one tasty town.
  • FACT: At least two other New York City boroughs have drinks named after them — a Bronx mixes gin, orange juice, and two kinds of vermouth, while a Brooklyn uses rye, vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon, a bitter cordial.

You Will Need

  • 2.0 oz rye whiskey (or bourbon)
  • 1.0 oz sweet vermouth (or dry)
  • 2.0 dashes bitter
  • A maraschino cherry
  • Ice
  • A mixing glass
  • A strainer
  • A long spoon
  • A cocktail glass (or rocks glass)

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