In a pint glass with ice, add all ingredients. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

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Picture of Manhattan (Bénédictine)
2011 Kindred Cocktails
Created by
Scott Diaz, Seattle, WA
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4.5 stars
(21 ratings)
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  • Too sweet.
  • Solid Manhattan variant! 2 orange, 1 lemon bitters
  • Works with Canadian whiskey and Punt e Mes.
  • Superb. Like a perfected Manhattan. Made with Widow Jane bourbon and Martini & Rossi vermouth.
  • Fantastic.
  • Chocolate bitters. — ★★★★★
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Dan commented on 12/05/2011:

Renamed from "Perfect Manhattan" because the word "perfect" has a long-standing tradition of meaning using a 50:50 mixture of sweet and dry vermouth in lieu of all one or the other.

For myself, I find 1/2 oz of Benedictine overwhelms the Maker's Mark bourbon. My suggestion: (1) Make the drink according to the recipe, but add only 1/4 oz of Benedictine for start; add more to suit your taste OR (2) Make the drink according to the recipe, but add 2 1/4 oz of Maker's Mark bourbon, and add more to suit your taste.

I adjusted the recipe by adding a little more than a 1/4 oz of Maker's Mark. Unadjusted, I would rate it a four. After adjusting the drink by adding 1/4 /oz bourbon, I rated the Manhattan with Benedictine at a 4.5. This drink might also benefit from an orange twist.