How to make the perfect Manhattan

The Manhattan is a tried and true classic cocktail and perfect during the colder months when people tend to go with the browner booze like bourbon and rye. There are many myths about the origin of the celebrated cocktail from it’s invention in the 1860s at a bar located on Broadway and Houston to a party thrown at the Manhattan Club in the 1870s. Regardless, the smooth and flavorful drink is a great way to kick off an evening whether it be in front of the fire or with a group of friends out on the town.

Mr. Tim Cooper, one of the partners and Beverage Director at New York’s Sweetwater Social, has put together a step-by-step process that goes into making a classic Manhattan.


Get your ingredients together. In this case, my preferences are: Russell’s Reserve Rye, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Angostura bitters & Brandied cherries

Necessary Tools: Mixing glass, Bar spoon, Strainer, Jigger & Cocktail glass

Place all ingredients & tools in front of you. You will need: Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura bitters, Cherries, Mixing glass, Bar spoon, Strainer, Jigger & Cocktail glass.

1. Pour 2oz of Rye Whiskey into mixing glass


2. Add 1oz of Carpano Antica Vermouth into glassManhattan-4

3. Two dashes of Angostura bittersBitters

4. Fill the glass 3 quarters full with iceManhattan-5

5. Stir the cocktail, making sure to stir at least 50 revolutionsManhattan-6

6. Grab your chilled cocktail glassManhattan-7

7. Strain the Manhattan into your favorite cocktail glassManhattan-8

8. Add a cherry (in this case, we’re using brandied cherries) to the cocktail

9. Take a hearty sip and enjoy!Enjoy

Photos Courtesy of Jenny Adams