The Manhattan cocktail, with its sweet, seductive flavor mingling enticingly with a hint of bitterness, has always been a top choice for cocktail enthusiasts, and I am no exception.
The Manhattan is a classic and sophisticated cocktail that has stood the test of time. This iconic drink has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. This drink is often confused with the Old Fashion cocktail.
The basic recipe for a Manhattan typically includes rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and a few dashes of Angostura bitters. I’ve never tried a drink with 3 types of alcohol before. So, here goes nothing! Hoping that I’m not gonna get too wasted.
This is how to make a Manhattan cocktail:
Classic Manhattan Mocktail
- 2 oz rye whiskey e.g., Bulleit Rye, Old Forester Rye, or Rittenhouse Rye
- 1 oz sweet vermouth e.g., NoillyPrat Rouge or Vermouth Routin
- 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
- Ice cubes
- Maraschino cherry or orange twist for garnish
- Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.
- Pour in the rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and add the dashes of Angostura bitters.
- Stir the mixture well for about 30 seconds to chill the ingredients and achieve the desired dilution.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a maraschino cherry or an orange twist.
The Manhattan cocktail recipe above is the traditional and basic one. You can still create many variations from this. For instance, you can make a “Perfect Manhattan” by using equal parts sweet and dry vermouth, adding a nuanced balance to the drink. Some people also experiment with different types of whiskey, such as bourbon or even a smoky Scotch, to put their own spin on this classic cocktail.
- Dry Manhattan: For this version, swap out the sweet vermouth for dry vermouth, and you’ve got a whole new vibe. The result is a crisper, less sweet cocktail that lets the rye whiskey shine even more.
- Perfect Manhattan: Why settle for one type of vermouth when you can have both? The perfect Manhattan comes with both sweet and dry vermouth, creating a harmonious balance that dances on your palate.
- Rob Roy: If Scotch whisky is more your style, the Rob Roy is your go-to. You just need to use Scotch instead of the rye, and you’ve got a smokier, peatier version of the Manhattan.
- Black Manhattan: Replace the traditional rye with amaro—a bitter Italian herbal liqueur—and you’ve got a Black Manhattan. It’s darker, more mysterious, and boasts a complex flavor profile.
- Greenpoint is a Brooklyn twist on the Manhattan. Add Chartreuse liqueur to the recipe and you have a vibrant and aromatic kick.