2 oz Rye (or bourbon)
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.

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Posted by Dan on
Created by
Jerry Thomas, The Bar-Tender's Guide, or earlier.
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altered recipe

Gary Regan, The Joy of Mixology

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  • Better with bourbon
  • Always with Rye, the spicier the better!
  • Personal favorite: 2 oz Bulleit, 1/2 oz Carpano Antica, 1 ds Fee Brothers, 1 bs Luxardo maraschino liqueur, Luxardo cherry garnish.
  • Bit too strong for cheap bourbon
  • 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
  • 2.5oz Rittenhouse 1oz Carpano Antica Formula 2 dashes Angostura
  • Very nice. Want to try Perfect (half Dry/Half sweet vermouth) at some point.
  • Along the Bourbon Trail Sub 1 oz vermouth with 1/2 oz sweet + 1/2 oz dry Garnish with lemon twist
  • Variation: a Perfect Manhattan, 2oz rye, 1/3oz sweet vermouth, 2/3oz dry vermouth, orange bitters. A less sweet, more interesting version.
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