Manhattan cocktail

Manhattan cocktail
The Manhattan cocktail is New York city's signature cocktail and a whiskey lovers dream.
The Manhattan is a cocktail made from whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters and its invention is claimed as far back as 1870. The cocktail is quite strong, rich and spicy, containing sweet flavours
If you cannot find Angostura bitters, then the more common botanical bitters are a suitable substitute.
Fans of the manhattan cocktail would probably also enjoy the Brandy Manhattan with brandy instead of whisky, the Dry Brandy Manhattan with dry vermouth, or the Old Fashioned cocktail.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Cocktail glass


  • 75 ml whiskey
  • 25 ml vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes angostura bitters
  • crushed ice


  • 1 cherry


  • Add the crushed ice, whiskey, vermouth and angostura bitters to a shaker. 
  • With the lid on, shake just enough to mix all the flavours. 
  • Strain into a cocktail glass. 
  • Garnish with cherry.  


units: 4


Is a manhattan drink sweet?

A manhattan has a complex set of flavours, it is slightly sweet, yet strong, and has a kick from the bitters used.

Is a manhattan drink gluten free?

Yes, the manhattan cocktail is gluten free.

Is a manhattan drink strong?

The average manhattan is around 2.5 units, so should always be enjoyed responsibly.

The Manhattan is one of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury's classic The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.