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Photo of a Manhattan Cocktail in a coupe glass with three cherries for garnish on a cocktail pick with a gold horse on top.

How to Make A Manhattan Cocktail

This classic whiskey cocktail recipe features nothing but whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.  Garnish with cherries for a beautiful and bar like presentation.
Calories 262 kcal


  • 3 Ounces Whiskey I like a higher proof (100 or so) for this cocktail.
  • 1 1/2 Ounces Sweet Vermouth Dolin Rouge is my go-to vermouth that I always keep on hand, though there are loads of new and interesting ones out there!
  • 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters I substitute Angosture Orange Bitters for this frequently.
  • 3 Luxardo Cherries You can also garnish with a twist of orange if you don't have the cherries on hand.


  • Place ice in a cocktail shaker until it is about a quarter full of ice.
  • Add whiskey, then vermouth.
  • Add three dashes of bitters.
  • Stir for 30-40 revolutions, or until you can feel the chill from the ice and cocktail starting to spread up the shaker.
  • Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass.
  • Garnish with 3 or more cherries, and serve immediately.