- 100ml of yourr favourite bourbon
- 100ml of sweet vermouth
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 2 dashes of organge bitters
- Brandied cherries, to garnish
When you hear the words 'Manhattan' you'd be forgiven for automatically thinking of New York City but since it doesn't look like we'll be allowed to travel anytime soon (still), this fancy, sour cocktail is as close as we're going to get!
Invented in the 1880s, this cocktail has stayed pretty much the same since then, with bourbon, vermouth and bitters all combining together to create a party in your mouth.
That being said, it's time to spice up your date nights and ensure the fun is flowing!
1. Combine the bourbon, sweet vermouth and both bitters in a mixing glass.
2. Add the ice and stir the drink so it chills and dilutes the taste a little.
3. Pour the drink into a coupe glass for something a little bit fancy, and garnish it with a cherry.
4. Drink up!
What's the difference between a classic Manhattan and a perfect Manhattan?
A classic Manhattan only features 3 ingredients: whiskey, vermouth and bitters. You can also choose to garnish your drink with cherries or a citrus peel. A perfect Manhattan refers to a combination of both sweet and dry vermouth, usually half of each, making the cocktail a bit more dry in taste.
What does a Manhattan taste like?
A Manhattan is a strong cocktail that features three key ingredients (as mentioned above). You may taste a slight bitterness and some herbal undertones from both the bitters and the vermouth. The whiskey may also leave a slightly sweet taste in your mouth but this is very minor.
Do you shake or stir a Manhattan cocktail?
You can make a Manhattan either way however the most common way to make a Manhattan is to stir it. Shaking this cocktail can turn it quite cloudy and ruin the pretty aesthetic (and no one wants that) but won't change the taste.