Classic Manhattan

MogoBlog MogoLicious Tasty Tip of the Day:  Treat dad like Don Draper, James Bond, Indiana Jones…or whoever his favorite hero might be with this swagger-filled Manhattan cocktail. The perfectly cool blend of whiskey, bitters, and sweet vermouth in a crispy martini glass.

Classic Manhattan


    • 2 ounces Rye Whiskey
    • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
    • 3 dashes angostura bitters
    • 2-3 cocktail cherries
    • A few drops of syrup from the cocktail cherries (optional)


    1. Fill a mixing glass or cocktail shaker with ice.
    2. Add whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters and cherry syrup (if using).
    3. Stir for 90 seconds.
    4. Strain into a martini glass
    5. garnish with cherries.


    1. The cherry syrup is not traditional but gives the cocktail a slightly sweeter flavor. Perfect for people who are not whiskey drinkers or find the cocktail too overpowering.
    2. Never use dry vermouth for this drink, only good quality sweet vermouth.
    3. Some recipes suggest rubbing an orange peel around the rim of the cocktail glass; it is a nice tough but not strictly necessary. A dash of orange bitters can be added to achieve a similar effect.
    4. The perfect Manhattan is stirred, not shaken.
    5. No need to use your fancy ice for this; regular ice will do. We use ice to dilute and chill the drink before serving it.

Prep Time:  2 minutes

Yields:  1 Mug with Attitude serving


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