My oldest daughter’s go-to drink is the Manhattan. I was surprised when she choose that, because I’d never had one before. It’s a simple cocktail with only four ingredients. We feel this version is very well balanced. Enjoy!   ~Elizabeth

Manhattan: This simple cocktail only contain 4 ingredients.This post contains an affiliate link. If you click on it and buy something I’ll earn a small commission.



2 1/2 ounces Whiskey (See Tips)

3/4 ounce Sweet Red Vermouth

2 dash Angostura Bitters


1 Maraschino Cherry


In a cocktail shaker combine ice with Whiskey, Vermouth, and Angostura Bitters. Stir. Do NOT shake! You don’t want a foamy Manhattan! Strain into a small cocktail glass or champagne coupe and add a cherry.


We used Canadian Whiskey, but you can also use Bourbon or Rye. The glass is vintage. It was made by Fostoria and the pattern is called Contour. I bought mine on eBay.



Please drink responsibly. To learn more go to Responsible Drinking