Classic Manhattan Cocktail

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Classic Manhattan Cocktail

Classic Manhattan Cocktail

The Classic Manhattan Cocktail is a drink that never gets old. Manhattan recipe is super classy with no added thrills and definitely no paper umbrellas.

How to make a Classic Manhattan?

With only 2 main ingredients, a classic Manhattan is one of the easiest cocktails to make. While rye whiskey is the most common many types are acceptable.  My favorite happens to be Jameson Irish whiskey so that is what is in this recipe but feel free to use any that you wish.


  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Whiskey – Many types may be used
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Luxardo Cherry
  • Orange Peel

Recipe Steps

With good quality ice already in your shaker cup, add in the vermouth, whiskey, and bitters. The ice type will make a difference, so be sure to see the different cocktail ice types explained in our blog post.

Shake the mixture until well mixed and cold. Strain the whiskey/vermouth mixture into an ice-filled whiskey glass. We love using a single ice sphere that is crystal clear, but it is not necessary.

Add in a Luxardo cherry and then garnish with an orange peel twist.

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Classic Manhattan Cocktail

Classic Manhattan Cocktail

Unwind at the end of a hard day with this classic Manhattan cocktail.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Whiskey
Prep Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 177kcal


  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 Luxardo Cherry Any maraschino cherry will work
  • 1 orange twist Garnish
  • 1 cup ice


  • Add the ice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Add the vermouth, whiskey, and bitters to the cocktail shaker
  • Shake until mixed and cold.
  • Strain the whiskey mixture into a Whiskey glass.
  • Gentle add the Luxardo Cherry and garnish with an orange twist.


Nutrition Facts
Classic Manhattan Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 12mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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As always, drink responsibly, and don’t drink and drive!


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