The Manhattan was born in The Manhattan Club in New York City back in the 1870s.
This bourbon cocktail is very similar to the Old Fashioned with one exception, it uses sweet vermouth rather than using a sugar cube. Everyone should learn how to make this drink.
This is a tasty and sophisticated cocktail for the modern gentleman.
There are a few different versions of the Manhattan that have their own distinct flavors.
In addition to the standard cocktail, there is the Dry Manhattan. This version substitutes sweet vermouth with dry and uses a twist of lemon instead of a cherry.
If you substitute bourbon for scotch whiskey, you now turned the Manhattan into a Rob Roy!
However, if you want to make the perfect cocktail, combine both sweet and dry vermouth. This will give your cocktail an exquisite flavor. If you aren’t sure which Manhattan is your perfect drink, try them all. You may find your new signature cocktail!
The recipe is simple, but it does require one special ingredient, bitters! Just remember not to add too many dashes. Your drink might go from being tasty to being, well, bitter.
Learn How to Make a Manhattan
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 2-3 dashes of bitters
- Garnish with a maraschino cherry and orange peel
Check out my posts on other whiskey cocktails!