If there is one drink you should know how to make perfectly, it might be a Manhattan.

Often used as a way to test a bartender, the Manhattan is a deceptively simple cocktail made from only three ingredients. With its minimal ingredients, technique and spirit quality are incredibly important.

As with many cocktails, the Manhattan’s origins are dubious at best, but in 1891 a cocktail book by William Schmidt offered up one of the first printed recipes. This early mix called for bitters, gum, absinthe, whiskey and vermouth. Since then, the recipe has changed slightly, but the jey ingredients have remained the same.

Here’s our favorite recipe, share yours in the comments below!

Homemade Rye Bourbon Manhattan with a Cherry Garnish




  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Preparation: Fill mixing glass with ingredients, add ice, and stir gently for 10-15 seconds, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.