Perfect Classic Manhattan Recipe

Perfect Classic Manhattan

This recipe is for a single classic, premium Manhattan. It makes a rather large, potent double that has good sipping flavor.

This recipe came out of many trials and errors with various premium bourbons, and proportions. Knob Creek is perfect for a Manhattan. Its slightly sweet flavors stand out in this drink. Any premium sweet vermouth may be substituted. And don’t forget the bitters - it isn’t a Manhattan without bitters.


3 oz Knob Creek bourbon whiskey
1 oz Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 stemmed maraschino cherry

Preparation: How to make a Perfect Classic Manhattan

  1. Add bourbon, vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir well (for at least 20 seconds).
  3. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Add stemmed maraschino cherry.
Perfect Classic Manhattan