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Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

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The Manhattan Cocktail is a classic drink made with a combination of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Traditionally served in a chilled cocktail glass, this drink is stirred with ice and then strained into the glass, often garnished with a cherry. Known for its balance of sweet and bitter flavors, the Manhattan is a staple in the world of cocktails.

Tasting Notes

The Manhattan offers a complex and satisfying taste experience. On the nose, it presents a deep, spicy aroma from the rye whiskey, complemented by the sweet, herbal notes of vermouth and a hint of bitterness. The first sip reveals a bold, slightly sweet flavor with a warming spice that lingers, balanced perfectly by the vermouth’s smooth, sweet undertones.

The bitters add a subtle depth, enhancing the overall harmony of flavors without overpowering the drink.

As you continue to enjoy the Manhattan, the flavors meld together, creating a sophisticated and well-rounded profile. The rye whiskey’s strength is softened by the vermouth, which introduces a pleasant sweetness and herbal complexity. The bitters provide a nuanced finish, adding layers of taste that evolve with each sip.

The result is a cocktail that is both strong and smooth, making it a timeless favorite.

Tips & Tricks

Experiment with flavored bitters, such as orange or chocolate, to add unique dimensions to the cocktail.

Smoke the serving glass with a piece of burning wood or a smoking gun to impart a subtle smoky flavor to the drink.

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The Quintessential Cocktail Experience


  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes bitters


  1. In a mixing glass add ice plus all your ingredients.
  2. Stir to combine, chill, and dilute for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Strain into chilled coupe and serve.

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