Manhattan Recipe

Manhattan cocktail

  • serves 1
  • Easy

Live like a trendy New Yorker with our classic Manhattan recipe. It's best served in a coupe glass, with an illuminous cocktail cherry to garnish


Try this recipe for a Manhattan, then check out our negroni, dirty martini, Americano cocktailsherry Manhattan and more vermouth cocktail recipes.

What is a manhattan?

No one is quite sure who invented the manhattan – it emerged in the late 19th century in New York, or possibly New Orleans – but it’s a classic cocktail that doesn’t pull punches, with spicy rye whisky (use bourbon for a more mellow result), fruity sweet vermouth and bitters coming together in a dark, rich, intense drink. Perfect for fireside drinking.

Manhattan Cocktail Recipe



  • bourbon or rye whisky 50ml
  • sweet red vermouth 25ml
  • Angostura bitters a few dashes
  • cocktail cherry to garnish 1-2


  • Step 1

    Put the bourbon or whisky, vermouth and bitters into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and stir well. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with the cherries.

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