The Manhattan

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Manhattan Craft Cocktail Recipe

The Manhattan is one of the most classic cocktail drinks around. With a whiskey spirit as its base (rye whiskey is the tradition), the Manhattan is served up or on the rocks. Molly’s Spirits Manhattan recipe is a simple yet elegant recipe that is easy to make and will satisfy nearly everyone’s taste.

Bar supplies

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Jigger
  • Martini Glass (chilled)
  • Stirring spoon (optional)
  • Ice


Fill the shaker with ice then add the whiskey of your choice, vermouth and bitters, and any other ingredients you so desire. Shake that shaker (after you remembered to cover it) until your cocktail is as cold as you desire then strain it into the cocktail glass. If you’re more a traditionalist, stir the mixture in the shaker – or a glass pint – until it reaches your desired chillness. Garnish with 2 cocktail cherries (or perhaps a lemon twist if you are so inclined) and enjoy. Then repeat as necessary.

A Twist:

Try a .5 ounce of grand marnier to the cocktail, for a little extra sweetness and a little extra zing. Make it perfect by substituting a half-ounce of dry vermouth for a half-ounce of sweet vermouth. Garnish it with a lemon twist.