Perfect? That can be a tough one to nail down but in our eyes this recipe is as good as it gets for the Manhattan. We are not bartenders but can make a decent cocktail at home and have learned over the years that it’s best not to overthink the drink. Try this simple recipe for a classic Manhattan. It’s simple, straight forward, and always consistent.
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes aromatic bitters, our preference is 18.21 Bitters
1 Maraschino Cherry
Fill a glass with ice and add whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Stir gently together for 30-45 seconds to combine. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, add the maraschino cherry, and enjoy.
The cocktail can be shaken instead of stirred; however, the resulting cocktail will be cloudy and will have some foam on top.