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The simple, elegant Manhattan cocktail with Bourbon in a cocktail glass

Manhattan Cocktail

  • Author: Kevin Mayfield
  • Prep Time: 7 Minutes
  • Total Time: 7 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x
  • Category: Classic Cocktails


A tried and true classic cocktail that came into it's own during the mid-century era.



2 oz Bourbon

1 oz vermouth

3 dashes bitters

1-2 maraschino cherries


  1. Fill your cocktail mixer with a couple of generous scoops of crushed ice.
  2. Pour in the bourbon and vermouth.
  3. Add the dashes of bitters.
  4. Mix thoroughly with a long handled bar spoon.
  5. Using a bar strainer, pour into a coupe glass.


A nice variation is an ounce and a half of Bourbon and a half ounce of cognac rather than 2 full ounces of Bourbon.

Try other bitters such as black walnut or orange. One substitution can change the whole vibe of the drink. It may not technically be a "Manhattan," but that's okay!

Keywords: Mid century cocktails, rat pack cocktails, madmen cocktails, 1960's cocktails, 1950's cocktails, bourbon, vermouth, bitters, rye