A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Commonly used whiskeys include rye (the traditional choice), Canadian whisky, bourbon, blended whiskey, and Tennessee whiskey. The cocktail is often stirred and strained into a cocktail glass, where it is garnished with a Maraschino cherry with a stem. A Manhattan can also be served on the rocks in a lowball glass. The whiskey-based Manhattan is one of five cocktails named for one of New York City’s five boroughs, but is perhaps most closely related to the Brooklyn cocktail, a mix utilizing dry vermouth and Maraschino liqueur in place of the Manhattan’s sweet vermouth, as well as Amer Picon in place of the Manhattan’s traditional bitters.
- 15 ml sweet vermouth
- 45ml bourbon whiskey
- 1 dash Angostura® bitters
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 twist orange peel
- Combine the vermouth, bourbon whiskey, and bitters with 2 – 3 ice cubes in a mixing glass.
- Stir gently, don’t bruise the spirits and cloud the drink.
- Place the cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the whiskey mixture over the cherry.
- Rub the cut edge of the orange peel over the rim of the glass and twist it over the drink to release the oils but don’t drop it in.
Twist orange peel