Cocktail Recipe: The Manhattan

The Manhattan cocktail is a classic and timeless drink that has been enjoyed for over a century. The combination of rye whiskey or bourbon, sweet vermouth, and bitters creates a complex and delicious flavor that will surely please any cocktail connoisseur. The result is a smooth and sophisticated drink that is perfect for sipping on a cool evening or for serving at a fancy event. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic techniques, anyone can become a seasoned mixologist and master the art of the Manhattan.

The Manhattan is said to have originated in the late 1800s at the Manhattan Club in New York City, which was a popular gathering place for politicians and socialites at the time. According to one popular story, the cocktail was invented for a party hosted by Lady Randolph Churchill, the mother of Winston Churchill. The party was in honor of Samuel J. Tilden, a former governor of New York and presidential candidate. The bartender mixed whiskey, vermouth, and bitters together to create the now-famous cocktail.

  • 60 ml rye whiskey or bourbon
  • 30 ml sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish
  • Ice

Step 1:

Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add 60 ml of rye whiskey or bourbon, 30 ml of sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters to the mixing glass.

Step 2:

Stir the mixture with a bar spoon for about 30 seconds, or until well-chilled. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.

Step 3:

Garnish with a maraschino cherry. Serve and enjoy the sophisticated elegance of a classic Manhattan cocktail.


Creating a perfectly balanced and delicious Manhattan cocktail that is sure to impress your guests is easy. This classic choice is always in style, whether you prefer rye whiskey or bourbon. Just gather your ingredients, dust off your bar spoon, and get ready to sip on your Manhattans.