Manhattan’s are another one of our favorite classic cocktails. Dark, smooth liquor is both warming and relaxing, perfect for chilly nights.
Manhattans haven’t always been on our go-to drink list, though. In fact, one of our partners, Jan, inspired us to share this recipe! Before finding whiskey, Jan’s favorite drink was a dirty martini with two olives. But, over time, she started to try more and more dark liquors and found herself loving them even more. And whiskey and bourbon drinkers know that once you get hooked, there is no going back.
Now, Jan’s favorite cocktail is a Manhattan, and here’s why:
Making a Manhattan is fairly simple and only requires a few ingredients. You’ll need:
-Rye or bourbon (more on that below)
When it comes to making a Manhattan there are only a few decisions to make, but the details can make all the difference. When you consider that there are only four ingredients, you have to make every ingredient count.
First off is your choice of liquor – you can make a Manhattan with bourbon or rye, but we lean towards the bourbon side! Bourbon will result in a slightly sweeter and smooth drink, while rye provides more spice and a drier finish.
A good option is always Makers Mark, but there are also some great local Seattle labels that we love using. Our favorite has to be the Batch12 Bourbon from Heritage Distillery in Gig Harbor. It’s truly unique and it’s amazing in a Manhattan!
You will also need sweet vermouth and bitters. We like using orange Angostura bitters for this drink, but unflavored bitters will work as well.
The last ingredient is an important one – the cherry. Go for a real cocktail cherry packed in sugared bourbon. We promise you will taste the difference! We like this one. Sweet, pink maraschino cherries from the grocery store just won’t do.
2 oz bourbon
1 oz sweet vermouth
3 dashes Angostura orange bitters
Cocktail cherry, for garnish
1.Add bourbon, vermouth, and bitters to a glass with ice. Use a cocktail shaker or stir until chilled
2. Strain into a chilled glass
3. Top with a cherry or two for garnish
Let us know if you make this recipe! Take a picture of your creation and tag us @partyontherocksseattle. Check out some of our other great recipes below!