Classic Manhattan Cocktail

By Matt Lyon, Mixologist

In the world of Manhattans, the glass overflows with sophistication…

5 min cook time

Serves 1

Why we like it

There are many possible name origins for the first ‘modern’ cocktail.

Some believe it was initially crafted at the Manhattan Club in New York City, while others have anachronistically applied NYC’s 212 area code (2 parts whiskey + 1 part sweet vermouth + 2 dashes of bitters) as a guideline for the cocktail’s foundational recipe.

Regardless of its naming origins, there are countless Manhattan combinations, mostly dependent on personal preference.

For a spicier, drier drink, choose rye; for a smoother, sweeter Manhattan, go with bourbon.
It’s really up to you!


1 serving

Preparation Notes

Chilling a glass takes just a few minutes.

Just before preparing a cocktail, add ice to the glass, fill it with water, and let it sit while you mix the drink.

Empty the glass into the sink, give it a slight shake, and then pour in your cocktail.

And for a simple yet flavourful garnish, enhance your Manhattan by dropping 1-3 cherries on a toothpick into the glass.

Making the recipe

  1. Step 1

    You’re the bartender

    • Fill a mixing glass with ice, add whiskey, vermouth, and bitters.
    • With a bar spoon, stir for 15 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass.
    • Garnish with cherries, and enjoy responsibly.
    Next step
  2. Step 2


    • Garnish with cherries, and sip responsibly.