Your First Cocktail: The Manhattan

Today we’ll work on a perennial favorite, the Manhattan. With only two ingredients* the cocktail is a simple one to begin with. There are lots of variations and you can even make a Manhattan with bourbon or another whiskey of your choice. For now, let’s start with the classic version.

3 oz rye whiskey
1.5 oz sweet vermouth
1 to 6 dashes of Angostura bitters (to taste)
1 maraschino cherry for garnish (optional)

Fill a shaker or beer glass with ice. Add the liquor and bitters. Stir. Strain into a martini or rocks glass.

*Some Manhattan-family cocktail recipes call for 1:1 ratio of Rye and Sweet Vermouth, which is this author’s preference. Try 2oz each.

A Little Bit Deeper

A cocktail can only be as good as the ingredients that go into it.

Even if you’re on a budget, we don’t recommend Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth. It’s not the best option for mixed drinks. Dolin makes a good Sweet Vermouth, but if you want to try something special then opt for Carpano Antica.

Whiskey is a huge topic in and of itself, even if we stay focused on rye whiskeys. If you’re on a budget, Old Overholt is an excellent value. Want to step it up? We recommend Rittenhouse rye (100 proof).


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