Introduction: How to Make a Manhattan

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

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

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

Step 3: Add Bourbon

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

Step 4: Add Cocktail Bitters

Pour three dashes of cocktail bitters directly into cocktail shaker.

Step 5: Add Ice

Drop 3-4 cubes of ice into cocktail shaker.

Step 6: Stir Ingredients

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

Step 7: Strain Mixture

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

Step 8: Add Cherry

Add cherry to finished drink.

Step 9: Enjoy!

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