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Basic Bourbon Manhattan Recipe

Say hey to my favourite Manhattan cocktail recipe with bourbon as a substitute of the extra conventional rye whiskey. It’s so easy and completely scrumptious!

Bourbon Manhattan Cocktail

I really like Manhattans, and my favourite strategy to make this basic cocktail at house is with bourbon as a substitute of the normal rye whiskey.

It’s a easy mixture of bourbon, candy vermouth, and Angostura bitters, creating a classy and scrumptious drink. In the event you’re in search of one other basic cocktail, try our quaint recipe.

Key Substances

  • Bourbon: Whereas rye whiskey is the normal alternative for Manhattans, bourbon has grow to be almost as fashionable. Since bourbon makes up many of the cocktail, select one you already get pleasure from. 4 Roses is a wonderful and reasonably priced possibility, whereas Bulleit is one other fashionable alternative. For a special day, our associates advocate Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. Finally, the most effective bourbon is the one you’re keen on!
  • Candy Vermouth: This fortified wine balances the bourbon with notes of dried fruit, vanilla, and baking spices.
  • Bitters: Angostura bitters are broadly obtainable and a basic alternative for Manhattan cocktails. You too can experiment with small-batch bitters, like citrus bitters (orange or grapefruit) or cherry/spiced bitters.
  • Maraschino Cherry: Whereas optionally available, I at all times add a maraschino cherry to my Manhattan. My favourite model is Luxardo.
  • Orange Peel: A twist of orange zest provides a beautiful aroma to the cocktail, which helps to stability the scent of the alcohol.
How to Make a Manhattan

Basic Bourbon Manhattan

To make my favourite Manhattan recipe, you solely want three important elements: bourbon, candy vermouth, and Angostura bitters. You too can garnish it with orange peel and a maraschino cherry.

Makes 1 drink

You Will Want

2 ½ ounces bourbon whiskey

1 ounce candy vermouth

2 to three dashes fragrant bitters, we use Angostura

Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Orange peel, for garnish


    1Fill a martini glass to the brim with ice so it chills whilst you make the Manhattan.

    2Add bourbon, candy vermouth, and bitters to a shaker or glass with just a few ice cubes, after which stir or gently shake. Don’t overdo it; you don’t want the ice to water down the drink.

    3Discard ice from the martini glass, pressure the Manhattan into the chilled glass, and garnish with cherry and orange peel.

Adam and Joanne’s Suggestions

  • Bitters: I discover Angostura bitters at my native liqueur retailer and within the mixers part of the grocery retailer.
  • Whiskey: Whereas we used bourbon on this Manhattan recipe, rye whiskey is the extra conventional alternative.
  • We like our Manhattan sweeter, however when you favor it extra dry/much less candy, use 50:50 candy vermouth to dry vermouth.
  • The diet info offered beneath are estimates.

Vitamin Per Serving
Serving Measurement
1 cocktail
0 g
6 g
Dietary Fiber
0 g
Whole Sugars
5 g
Whole Fats
0 g
Saturated Fats
0 g
Ldl cholesterol
0 mg
5 mg


Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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