Manhattan Cocktail Recipe Two Ways

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: American


The Manhattan drink made two different ways—perfectly constructed with bourbon, vermouth, bitters and garnish



Classic Manhattan

  • 3 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Garnish with a Luxardo cherry

Perfect Manhattan

  • 3 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 ounce dry vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Luxardo cherry for garnish
  • Orange peel (optional)



  1. Combine the first 3 ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir vigorously and strain into a chilled coupe glass or serve on the rock with fresh ice. Garnish with a cherry and serve immediately.


  1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir vigorously for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled coupe glass or serve up on the rocks.
  3. Twist and squeeze the orange peel over the cocktail to release the oils. Rub the rim of the glass with the peel and drop it into the cocktail. Garnish with 1 cherry and serve immediately.


Traditionally a Manhattan is served straight up, but rocks is okay if you prefer. Always use fresh ice when serving over rocks to prevent dilution.

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