The Manhattan cocktail is a classic drink that has been enjoyed for over a century. Made with a combination of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, this cocktail is known for its smooth, rich flavor and its beautiful reddish-brown color. Did we mention it's also simple to make?
To make a Manhattan, you will need just a few ingredients. Start with two shots of your favorite whiskey - rye or bourbon are traditional choices, but we prefer rye for the natural spice it has to it. Add one shot of sweet vermouth and a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters. Stir these ingredients together in a glass filled with ice, and then strain the mixture into a chilled glass.
To look like a real pro, add a toothpick with a couple bourbon-soaked cherries on it as a cocktail garnish. These are optional, but if you're looking for good cherries we recommend Bada Bing cherries. The Manhattan is often served in a coupe glass like the one in our video, but it can also be served on the rocks (over ice) in a rocks glass. Either way, this drink is sure to impress your guests with its sophisticated flavor and elegant appearance.
Once you master the basic Manhattan, try some of the many variations off this traditional cocktail. Some people like to add a splash of orange or juice from the cherries, while others prefer to use a different type of bitters or a different type of whiskey. You could even add some FICKS Moscow Mule Cocktail Mix for a spicy kick. No matter how you choose to make your Manhattan, this classic cocktail is sure to be a hit at your next party.
Rye whiskey (2 shots)
Sweet vermouth (1 shot)
Angostura bitters (2 dashes)
Add ice into a mixing glass
Combine whiskey, vermouth, and bitters into the glass and stir
Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a toothpick of cherries