The Classic Manhattan – A Real Man’s Cocktail


Culinary Compost - Cherry Bounce Bourbon Manhattan

A proper Manhattan made with Cherry Bourbon Bounce. For this cocktail, I used dry vermouth, due to the amount of infused sugar in the bounce liquor.

You can’t go wrong with a Manhattan cocktail – this drink is a classic, named after one of New York City’s five boroughs. The quintessential man’s drink, it exudes sophistication and refined taste. My preferred liquor: Templeton rye whiskey, Knob Creek or Woodford Reserve bourbon. Enjoy in moderation. Click here for the Cherry Bourbon Bounce liquor version of this drink.

Classic Manhattan:

2 oz. rye, bourbon or blended Canadian whiskey
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
Maraschino cherry

Stir the liquid ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the cherry.

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Perfect Manhattan:

2-1/2 oz. rye, bourbon or blended Canadian whiskey
1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
Lemon twist

Stir the liquid ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Run the lemon peel around the rim, twist it over the drink, and drop it in.

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Sweet Manhattan:

2 oz. rye, bourbon or blended Canadian whiskey
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
Lemon twist

Stir the liquid ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Run the lemon peel around the rim, twist it over the drink, and drop it in.

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Dry Manhattan:

Some consider this version an oxymoron, as the quintessential Manhattan is, by definition, a sweet vermouth-based drink.

2 oz. rye, bourbon or blended Canadian whiskey
3/4 oz. dry vermouth
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
Lemon twist

Stir the liquid ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Run the lemon peel around the rim, twist it over the drink, and drop it in.

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