You only need three main ingredients to make this classic Manhattan bourbon cocktail recipe at home.. Head over to the Bourbon Manhattan cocktail recipe or read on for our preparation tips.
You need bourbon, sweet vermouth, and angostura bitters.. Then top off with an orange zest and a maraschino cherry for garnish, if you like.
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How to make a Manhattan at home
Not long ago we sat down and watched a young mixologist meticulously prepare his version of Manhattan. Added homemade bitters and vermouth. He moved, never jerked, and the precision with which he used his personal grater, which he had had for years, was mesmerizing.
We don’t make our own vermouth or bitters at home, even if we don’t want to (read: that would be cool though). Leaving the homemade stuff to the pros, we make this recipe easy and bourbon-heavy.
Updated recipe originally posted February 2012. Since it was posted in 2012 we have changed the recipe for clarity. – Adam and Joanne
Classic bourbon Manhattan cocktail recipe
You only need three main ingredients to make this classic Manhattan bourbon at home. You need bourbon, sweet vermouth, and angostura bitters. Then top off with an orange zest and a maraschino cherry for garnish, if you like.
Makes 1 drink
2 1/2 ounces of bourbon whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2-3 dashes aromatic bitters (we use Angostura)
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Orange zest for garnish
Fill a martini glass to the brim with ice to chill while you prepare the Manhattan.
Place whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters in a cocktail shaker or glass with a few ice cubes, then stir or shake gently. Don’t overdo it, you don’t want the ice to dilute the drink. Remove the ice from the martini glass, then strain the Manhattan into a chilled glass and garnish with cherry and orange zest.
Advice from Adam and Joanne
- You can find angostura bitters at your local liquor store, or sometimes in the blender section of the grocery store.
- Although we use bourbon in this version, it is also common to use rye whiskey.
- We like our Manhattan on the sweeter side, but if you like it drier, use 50/50 Sweet Vermouth to dry the vermouth.
- Nutritional Information: The nutritional information below is an estimate. We use the USDA Supertracker Recipe Calculator to calculate approximate values.
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Nutritional value per serving: Part 1 cocktail / calories 239 / protein 0g / carbohydrates 6g / fiber 0g / total sugar 5g / total fat 0g / Saturated Fatty Acids 0g / cholesterol 0 mg / sodium 5mg
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