2 oz Rye (or bourbon)
1 oz Sweet vermouth
2 ds Bitters, Angostura
1   Cherry, Luxardo (as garnish)
Stir, strain, straight-up, cocktail glass, garnish.
Some recipes call for only 3/4 oz of vermouth for a stiffer, less sweet Manhattan. Use Carpano Antica make a complex and interesting version.
From other users
  • Variation: a Perfect Manhattan, 2oz rye, 1/3oz sweet vermouth, 2/3oz dry vermouth, orange bitters. A less sweet, more interesting version. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Along the Bourbon Trail Sub 1 oz vermouth with 1/2 oz sweet + 1/2 oz dry Garnish with lemon twist — ☆☆☆☆
  • Very nice. Want to try Perfect (half Dry/Half sweet vermouth) at some point. — ☆☆☆☆
  • a Perfect Manhattan, 2oz rye, 1/3oz sweet vermouth, 2/3oz dry vermouth, orange bitters. A less sweet, more interesting version
  • 2.5oz Rittenhouse 1oz Carpano Antica Formula 2 dashes Angostura — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • I had my first Manhattan in The Club Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park in New York City. My Preference: Rittenhouse 100 Rye BIB with Cocchi Vermouth di Torino - Served on the Rocks — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Bit too strong for cheap bourbon — ☆☆☆
  • Personal favorite: 2 oz Bulleit, 1/2 oz Carpano Antica, 1 ds Fee Brothers, 1 bs Luxardo maraschino liqueur, Luxardo cherry garnish. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Always with Rye, the spicier the better! — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Better with bourbon — ☆☆☆☆☆
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Sara.Rosales's picture

Irish-Scots Manhattan

Irish-Scots Manhattan variation: Use Irish whiskey (Jameson) and a heavy rinse (small puddle) of Islay Scotch (Lagavulin 16), plus a 3rd dash of Angostura. (Editor's note: posted on behalf of jughead to consolidate Manhattan recipes.)

tophat665's picture

Finest kind. I prefer to

Finest kind. I prefer to make it with a half and half mix of Noilly Pratt Dry and Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, 1:4 with a mix of ryes (Pepper's 1776 and Old Overholt is nice) with orange and angostura bitters, and a lemon twist as well as the cherry.

Tonight I tried a Perfect

Tonight I tried a Perfect Manhattan with Bulleit Rye, Vermouth del Professore Rosso and Vermouth la Canellese along with one dash of Angostura and one dash of Peychaud's. Very nice, indeed.