Perfect Manhattan Recipe

Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Dry Vermouth, Bitters, Citrus Twist, Cherry
Perfect Manhattan

The Perfect Manhattan is one of the simplest Manhattan variations out there, and differs only in its use of both dry and sweet vermouth (this is what "perfect" typically means in the cocktail world). It's often garnished with a lemon or orange twist, and sometimes a maraschino cherry as well—but one of the good ones, not those godawful neon-red things.

This makes for a slightly drier drink, but blending the two vermouths does so without sacrificing the fundamental character of the Manhattan. The Perfect Manhattan is certainly worth a try if you've grown tired of the original, but aren't looking for anything too fancy.

Perfect Manhattan Ingredients

2 oz rye whiskey
0.5 oz sweet vermouth
0.5 oz dry vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Lemon or orange twist
Maraschino cherry

How to make a Perfect Manhattan

  1. Add all ingredients except garnish(es) to a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish, and serve.
Perfect Manhattan