Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics




    2oz Rittenhouse Rye

    1oz Sweet Vermouth

    2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

    Luxardo Cherry


    Add 2 dashes of bitters to a mixing glass, then rye and vermouth. Chill and Stir. Serve up in a chilled coupe with a Luxardo Cherry.


    What is there to say? One of the most famous cocktails ever. Rye punch forward with a little sweetness and bitter thrown in for good measure. 100 proof rye tends to make a better manhattan. Knob Creek bourbon (also 100 proof) is a good option if you prefer the sweeter taste of bourbon. Many vermouths work well, but higher quality vermouth, such as Carpano Antica or Cocchi Torino will give a richer and arguably better flavor.


    Too many to list. Classic examples, Perfect Manhattan – swap the 1oz of sweet vermouth for 1/2oz, sweet 1/2 dry vermouth. Dry Manhattan – 1oz dry instead of sweet vermouth. 50/50 Manhattan – equal parts rye and vermouth. Swap or add an orange twist or flamed orange twist. Try a different bitters. More to come.

    12 Responses to “Manhattan”

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      […] amaro can also be substituted in place of all or a portion of the sweet vermouth/bitters in a Manhattan. This versatility carries over to other recipes that call for sweet vermouth and […]

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      […] you not love this? At it’s heart this shares the qualities of it’s inspiration: the Manhattan, i.e. this is a drink that will certainly appeal to a broad audience. It is incredibly smooth and […]


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