The Classic Manhattan Cocktail

Manhattan cocktail

The Classic Manhattan

Recipe by Melissa Nicholson Course: 5:00


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The Manhattan is a classic cocktail. When I partake in one, I feel like I should be wearing a vintage dress and stiletto heels while holding a cigarette in a long, glamorous cigarette holder. Then I remember smoking is bad for me and stilettos hurt my feet. Still, if you’re looking for something classic, the Manhattan is a great cocktail. Certain drinks stand the test of time for a reason. The first time I had one, I wondered why the delicious secret had been kept from me for so many years. Many recipes suggest bourbon or rye; however, I recommend rye. That extra little spice from rye is perfect with the sweet vermouth.


  • 2 oz. rye whiskey

  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Luxardo cherry

  • Orange peel

  • ice


  • Fill your mixing glass or shaker with ice.
  • Add the rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
  • Stir it all together in the mixing glass until chilled.
  • Strain into a martini glass after rubbing the rim with the orange peel.
  • Drop the Luxardo cherry into the glass or place one or two on a toothpick and add to the glass. Enjoy!


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Bourbon stole my heart a few years ago when I had several opportunities to write about it. Food stole my heart when I was lucky enough to be raised by a mom who managed to make nearly everything from scratch when we were growing up.