The Manhattan

About The Manhattan

The Manhattan; one of the core drinks in mixology. Every bartender whether enthusiast or professional should know how to make this classic concoction. The true way of making a Manhattan is with RYE whiskey and not BOURBON. In fact, bourbon only became a substitution in the Prohibition Era when Rye was in hard supply. The drink is also typically garnished with a maraschino cherry and not a lemon twist.



  • 2 oz. Rye Whiskey

  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

  • Dash Angostura Bitters

  • 1 Maraschino Cherry

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:     Neat

  • Strength:  Strong

  • Difficulty:  Medium

  • Flavor:       Strong


Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnished with a maraschino cherry.

Empire Tip: You can modernize the classic recipe by using bourbon rather than rye and use a lemon twist for garnish.