How to Mix a Manhattan Cocktail

If you really want to enjoy a cocktail classic, check out the Manhattan cocktail. The Manhattan is often referred to as the "King of Cocktails" for good reasons.

Manhattan Cocktail Recipe History
Like many good things, the origins of the Manhattan cocktail are somewhat cloudy. Some say that the cocktail was developed for a banquet in honor of Samuel Tilden's election as governor of the state of New York. The banquet was held at the Manhattan Club and hosted by Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of England's Sir Winston Churchill, in 1874. It's name was derived from the spot it was invented: the Manhattan Club. While this is a good story, it is highly unlikely.

Another legend gives the credit to a bartender named "Black." Black reportedly worked in a bar near Houston Street on Broadway in the 1860s.

What is generally accepted is that the Manhattan cocktail originated somewhere in New York City and has been passed down to us today, along with variations.

Recipes for Manhattan Cocktails
Please note that traditional recipes favor rye and bourbon over other types of liquor. However, you may find any of these variations as delicious as the originals.

Manhattan Cocktail Recipe (1)

Ingredients You Will Need:
½ cup rye
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes bitters

Chill two cocktail glasses. Stir all ingredients with ice and then strain into cocktail glasses. Serves two.

Manhattan Cocktail Recipe (2)

Ingredients You Will Need:
¼ cup bourbon
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes bitters

Chill two cocktail glasses. Stir all of the above ingredients with ice to chill. Strain into cocktail glasses and serve. Serves two.

Manhattan Cocktail Recipe (3)

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 cup bourbon
½ cup almond liqueur
¼ cup dry vermouth
¼ cup sweet vermouth
4 dashes of maraschino cherry juice
4 maraschino cherries

Chill martini glasses. Shake all liquids over ice in a Manhattan cocktail shaker and strain into martini glasses. Toss in a cherry. Serves four.

Brandy Manhattan Cocktail Recipe (1)

Ingredients You Will Need:
¼ cup dry vermouth
¼ cup sweet vermouth
½ cup brandy
Maraschino cherries

Combine all ingredients and pour over ice in old-fashioned glasses. Garnish with cherries.

Note: You can prepare this drink a week in advance and allow the ingredients to age together for a smoother Manhattan. Serves four.

Brandy Manhattan Recipe (2)

Ingredients You Will Need
¾ cup brandy
1 ounce dry vermouth

Mix brandy and vermouth together and pour into old-fashioned glasses half full of ice. Serves four.

Canadian Manhattan Cocktail Recipe (1)

Ingredients You Will Need:
¾ cup Canadian whiskey
3 ounces sweet vermouth
4 dashes bitters

Chill cocktail glasses. Mix ingredients over ice until cold. Strain into cocktail glasses and serve. Serves four.

Canadian Manhattan Cocktail Recipe (2)

Ingredients You Will Need:
½ cup Canadian whisky
½ cup sweet vermouth
½ cup almond liqueur
4 dashes bitters
4 teaspoons of maraschino cherry juice from your maraschino cherry jar
4 maraschino cherries
Crushed ice

Combine all of the ingredients except the maraschino cherries and mix well.  Pour over crushed ice, garnish with a cherry and serve. Serves four.

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