Introduction: How to Make a Manhattan

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A Manhattan is a cocktail made with bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters. A staple in every bartender's recipe book, this cocktail has several different variations. Follow these simple steps to learn how to make a traditional Manhattan drink.

Step 1: What You Need

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Ingredients Needed

  • Bourbon (For this recipe Four Roses is used)
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Cocktail bitters (For this recipe Angostura bitters)
  • Cherries
  • Ice

Tools Needed

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Drink strainer
  • Bar spoon
  • Jigger
  • Bourbon Glass

Step 2: Add Vermouth

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Use jigger to measure out 3/4 oz. of sweet vermouth. Pour sweet vermouth into cocktail shaker.

Step 3: Add Bourbon

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Use jigger to measure out 2 oz. of bourbon. Pour bourbon into cocktail shaker.

Step 4: Add Cocktail Bitters

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Pour three dashes of cocktail bitters directly into cocktail shaker.

Step 5: Add Ice

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Drop 3-4 cubes of ice into cocktail shaker.

Step 6: Stir Ingredients

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Still all ingredients in cocktail shaker together with bar spoon. Do not shake!

Step 7: Strain Mixture

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Use drink strainer to strain all ingredients in cocktail shaker into a bourbon glass.

Step 8: Add Cherry

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Add cherry to finished drink.

Step 9: Enjoy!

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You have now successfully made a Manhattan cocktail. Enjoy responsibly!


stargirlthepixie (author)2016-02-12

So if you're using angostura bitters, then why are peychauds bitters in the picture?

dufus2506 (author)2016-02-11

Try Luxardo cherries in your Manhattan. Much nicer than ice cream cherries.

brosati (author)2016-02-11

very unrelated drink. if you order it at a bar make sure you ask for a bucket if not, it'll be served in a martini glass. some bartenders use orange instead of cherries and will even burn the rein a bit and toss it in.

brosati (author)brosati2016-02-11


michael.rausch.5836 (author)2016-02-11

if you are scared of glowing cherries like I am I would suggest taking real cherries and soaking them in booze for a few days. there are also many simple recipes around for making your own maraschino cherries which are a bit more complex than a soak but work well.

apalmer19 (author)2016-02-11

ha ha cat tax.

dvrnhll (author)2016-02-11

Very nicely done instructable for my adult beverage of choice, although personally I prefer a perfect manhattan, dirty rocks on the side. A little less sweet. Cheers!

wold630 (author)2016-02-11

I think this drink is in my near future!

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