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Classic Rye Manhattan (And 6 Manhattan Variations!)

Amy Traynor
This classic, boozy cocktail is made with a simple mix of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. The Manhattan is a strong, spirit-forward drink that showcases the flavors of your whiskey of choice. A sweet cocktail cherry is the signature garnish.
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Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill it about 3/4 with ice.
  • Stir until very cold, about 30 seconds. Strain the liquid into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a cocktail cherry or an expressed lemon twist (or both).

Notes

6 Manhattan Variations to Try:

Black Manhattan: 2 oz rye whiskey, 1 oz Averna Amaro, 1 dash Angostura bitters, 1 dash orange bitters, cocktail cherry for garnish.
Dry Manhattan: 2 oz rye or bourbon whiskey, 1 oz dry vermouth, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, cocktail cherry for garnish.
Perfect Manhattan: 2 oz rye or bourbon whiskey, 1/2 oz sweet vermouth, 1/2 oz dry vermouth, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, cocktail cherry for garnish.
Rob Roy: 2 oz blended Scotch whisky, 1 oz sweet vermouth, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, cocktail cherry for garnish.
Revolver: 2 oz bourbon whiskey, 1/2 oz coffee liqueur, 2 dashes orange bitters, orange twist for garnish.
Remember the Maine: 2 oz rye whiskey, 3/4 oz sweet vermouth, 2 tsp Cherry Heering, absinthe rinse, lemon twist for garnish.
Keyword classic cocktails, cocktail cherry, rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, whiskey
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