Break out the rye whiskey because we’re making Manhattans. Now, before we get into it, there are a couple of different variations on The Manhattan cocktail. So along with the classic Manhattan cocktail recipe, we’re also going to be focusing on a few different members in the Manhattan family tree.
Furthermore, we would like to state that although The Manhattan is considered the quintessential rye cocktail, there are some out there that prefer to substitute brandy in place of rye and variations that use other base spirits. Well, the question is: who’s rye and who’s wrong. The answer is both. You should enjoy The Manhattan however you want. So before I come up with any more bad puns, let’s get right into it.
A Little History
We won’t be focusing too much on the history of this cocktail because, like so many other cocktails, Its history is blurred and its origin theorized on by some of the great scholars of the mixology world. What you should know is that its invention dates back around the mid-1870s with The Manhattan Club, near the famous Carnegie Hall in NYC, claiming ownership of the recipe.
Some Tips and Tricks
Okay, so the good about making a Manhattan is that when it comes to cocktail making tools, you won’t need the whole kit, just a long spoon to stir the drink, and a Julep Strainer. What you will need is two glasses, one to stir all the ingredients in and one to strain all of the liquid into.
If you’re looking for more direction with what specific rye you should use to make a classic Manhattan, the truth is, as long as it’s rye, then it should work. However, if you’re just looking for some suggestions, how about: Bulleit Rye, Rittenhouse 100-proof straight Rye Whiskey, 1776 Rye, or Redemption Rye. These are just some of our favorites.
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How to Make a Manhattan
Below are the ingredients and directions for this Classic Manhattan recipe. We hope you love this cocktail as much as we do.
Other Manhattan Cocktail Variations
Here are just a few of our favorite variations on this timeless cocktail.
Dry Manhattan Cocktail
- 2oz Rye
- 1oz Dry vermouth (Dolin Dry Vermouth)
- 2 Dashes of Bitters, Angostura or Aromatic
- Garnish with lemon peel
Apple Manhattan Cocktail
- 2oz Bourbon (Makers Mark)
- 1oz Berentzen apple liqueur
- Dash of Aromatic Bitters
- Thin Slice of granny smith apple
Reverse Manhattan Cocktail
- 1oz Bourbon (Bulleit Bourbon)
- 1oz Sweet vermouth (Dolin)
- 1oz Dry vermouth (Dolin)
- Dash of Aromatic Bitters
- Orange zest coin for garnish
- Bordeaux cherry for garnish
Conclusion: Classic Manhattan Cocktail Recipe
If you’re looking to serve enough manhattans to satisfy multiple guests, then we recommend you check out our party size cocktail post to learn how you can make a bunch of tasty Manhattan cocktails all at once.
If you want to step up your game from using your spaghetti strainer and your grandma’s teaspoon, then check out our shop for some awesome cocktail kits that come complete with all of the essentials you need. We’ll leave you to enjoy your Manhattans in peace, and as always, Stay home, Stay safe, and Get Hammered.