Recipe: Classic Manhattan cocktail

Let the taste of the concrete jungle envelope you!

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Imagine sitting at a rooftop bar in Manhattan, sipping on a chilled drink. The cool breeze blowing softly, while you watch the twinkling lights of the city below. A moment you want to be soaking in fully. This Manhattan cocktail captures the essence of that New York sophistication.


Like so many classic cocktails, the Manhattan’s origins are a bit blurry. There are many stories as to how it was born, so there’s no surprise at the cause for confusion. The most popular (but often disputed) origin story claims that the cocktail was invented at the Manhattan Club in New York City for Lady Randolph Churchill. Yes, she was related to Winston Churchill – she was his mother! 

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Whiskey, Vermouth and orange bitters combine to make this heady cocktail. A forever classic. An elegant drink that you can impress many people with. 

The debate between shaken and stirred will rage on. For this Manhattan, we went the stirred route. The result is a chilled, crystal clear drink that brings out the colour of Whiskey beautifully.


A Manhattan is not that different from another solid classic: the Old Fashioned. The recipe for a Manhattan uses Sweet Vermouth, while the one for latter doesn’t. That seemingly small difference affects flavour in major ways! Why don’t you stir a glass up, and find out how?

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
10 minutes
Yield: 1 person



  • 2 oz. Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters


  • Orange Peel Twist (or Brandied Cherries)


  • Martini Glass
  • Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Strainer


  • In a large jug, add ice cubes and all the liquid ingredients in
  • Stir well for a minute, using a stirrer
  • Strain the drink and pour into a chilled coupe glass
  • Finish it off with a twisted orange peel as garnish
  • Nothing speaks of sophistication like a well made Manhattan!
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Manhattan cocktail has a strong flavour of bitterness from the angostura bitters and vermouth. There is a slight herbal undertones present as you sip every bit of the cocktail.  However seasoned drinker will pick up a slight sweetness from the whiskey. 

The classic Manhattan cocktail is made from the very famous Brobon whiskey but here we have taken a slight change and added Rye instead. You can experiment with various brands of whiskey and try out the different flavours in the cocktail as well. 

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