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

Manhattan Cocktail

Kevin Mayfield
A tried and true classic cocktail that came into it's own during the mid-century era.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Classic Cocktails
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 176 kcal


  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz vermouth
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 1-2 maraschino cherries


  • Fill your cocktail mixer with a couple of generous scoops of crushed ice.
  • Pour in the bourbon and vermouth.
  • Add the dashes of bitters.
  • Mix thoroughly with a long handled bar spoon.
  • 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!


Calories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 2mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2IUCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 1950's cocktails, 1960's cocktails, Bitters, bourbon, madmen cocktails, mid century cocktails, rat pack cocktails, rye, Vermouth
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