How To Make A Classic Manhattan

The manhattan cocktail was the drink of choice for Frank Sinatra and his homeboys in the Rat Pack. Classic drinks stay in style, so stick with a Manhattan when all else fails.

Classic cocktail recipes, like the manhattan, are necessary to memorize. Not necessarily because you'll be drinking them on the reg, which I whole heartedly approve of. More so because classic cocktail recipes become a template for creating new drink recipes. Without going too much in detail, if you memorize the recipe (2 oz spirit, 1 oz sweet vermouth, bitters), it will provide a baseline for you if you feel compelled to create a riff on the classic. In the interim, just go ahead and enjoy this one!

What You Need

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • Maraschino Cherry

Instructions

1. Using a mixing glass, pour in the rye, sweet vermouth, and dash of Angostura bitters.

2. Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes, and stir the drink for 15-20 seconds until chilled.

3. Strain the drink over a chilled coupe glass.

4. Garnish with a gourmet maraschino cherry

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