How to Make a Manhattan the Right Way

how to make a Manhattan

The Manhattan is a tried and true classic cocktail and on that’s perfect during the colder months. 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 on how to make a Manhattan.

The Classic Manhattan


  • 2 oz Russell’s Reserve Rye
  • 1 oz Carpano Antica Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Brandied cherries


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

Place all ingredients and tools in front of you and follow this procedure:

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 cocktailhow to make manhattan cocktail

9. Take a hearty sip and enjoy!Enjoy

Photos Courtesy of Jenny Adams