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.

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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!

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    stargirlthepixie

    3 years ago

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

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    dufus2506

    3 years ago

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

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    brosati

    3 years ago

    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.

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    michael.rausch.5836

    3 years ago

    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.
    cheers!!

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    apalmer19

    3 years ago

    ha ha cat tax.

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    dvrnhll

    3 years ago

    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!

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    wold630

    3 years ago

    I think this drink is in my near future!