A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Commonly used whiskeys include rye (the traditional choice), Canadian whisky, bourbon, blended whiskey and Tennessee whiskey. The cocktail is often stirred and strained into a cocktail glass, where it is garnished with a Maraschino cherry with a stem. A Manhattan is also frequently served on the rocks in a lowball glass. The whiskey-based Manhattan is one of five cocktails named for one of New York City’s five boroughs. The Manhattan is one of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s classic The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.




  • 2 ounces rye whisky
  • 1 ounce Italian vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Cherry, for garnish


  1. Stir the rye, vermouth and bitters well with cracked ice. Don’t shake, but rather stir until it is nice and cold.
  2. Strain into in a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with twist or, of course, maraschino cherry (I prefer Luxardo as I outlined in my Old Fashioned post).
  3. Enjoy!