Manhattan Classic Recipe

Posted by Moyra T Hakobyan on

Classic Manhattan Cocktail

Recipe by Nar Hk

Yes!!  This is the king of all cocktails!!  Well . . . that’s our definition of this classic. Just like the Martini's ancestor, the “Martinez,” the original Manhattan was another vermouth-based cocktail consisting of one part rye whiskey, two parts Italian (sweet red) vermouth, bitters, and a very small amount of Curacao liqueur. According to history, it was invented in a Broadway bar in the 1860’s—hence the name Manhattan. Once it grew in popularity, the Manhattan evolved as bartenders sought to make it a better-balanced drink, and a Manhattan with equal parts whiskey and vermouth soon appeared. In 1891, New York bartender William Schmidt, in his book The Flowing Bowl, presented a Manhattan with two parts whiskey to one part vermouth, stirred with ice, and that is how the cocktail is most widely accepted today, over a century later. The recipe below can be made with our Complete Manhattan Cocktail Kit and is a result of the modification.


  • Rye Whiskey: 1 3/4oz.
  • Sweet Red Vermouth 3/4oz.
  • Angostura Bitters: 5 to 6 drops

How to mix it:

  1. Pour all ingredients into your pint glass.
  2. Fill with fresh cubed ice and stir with the bar spoon for about 15s.
  3. Then strain into a previously chilled 5-ounce cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.


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