Manhattan cocktail recipe

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serves: 1
Skill: easy

This classic cocktail was supposedly invented in the 1870s for a dinner given by Winston Churchill’s mother Jennie. Made with whiskey and vermouth, the Manhattan is simple and chic.


  • 11/2 oz blended whiskey
  • 1/4 to 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • Dash of angostura bitters
  • Maraschino cherry (optional)


  • Pour the whiskey, vermouth and angostura bitters into a cocktail shaker with some ice.

  • Shake for a few seconds to allow the cocktail to mix and chill down.

  • Strain your Manhattan into a chilled martini glass, or serve in a short glass on the rocks.

  • Decorate with the cherry if desired.

Top tip for making Manhattan cocktail

For an extra kick, add 1/4 to 1/2 oz of dry vermouth.

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