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  • 2 1⁄2ounces Bourbon
  • 1ounce Italian sweet vermouth
  • Angostura bitters
  • 1maraschino cherry


  • Shake with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Decorate with cherry.


  • Irish Rose

    We have friends that love Manhattans and my husband loves Makers Mark, so how could we go wrong! Great recipe

  • troyh

    I drink so many of these I’d better give it 5 stars! Actually, I’m usually the one that makes them in our house. I either put the glasses in the freezer for 10 or 15 minutes or let them sit with ice water in them to chill them. And shaking the ingredients in a mixer makes it a little foamy when you pour, which people tend to like. I rarely use bitters because I just can’t taste the difference, but always use a cherry or two. Cinzano vermouth is the only way to go, if you can find it. I think the vermouth makes a bigger difference than the bourbon. And I, too, prefer Maker’s Mark.

  • Bergy

    Super drink – Being in Canada good Bourbon is hard to find so I used Crown Royal a Canadian Rye with Cinzano Vermouth and no bitters with NO complaints – very smooth and I love the cherry Thanks Gay for a mellow mood!

  • Rita~

    Very good! My DH made this for me. He did use Cinzano but I would have liked less of it! Enjoyed! Thanks!

  • Bill Hilbrich

    I tend to not fuss around with the natural flavor of a good bourbon, but I approached this with an open mind. I backed off on the bourbon/vermouth ratio and settled on 8 to 1, and the addition of bitters was great. The drink had just a hint of sweetness and a very pleasant experience. As long as we are suggesting brands .. I would suggest you try Old Heaven Hill 100 proof bottled in bond kentucky whiskey.

  • JanuaryBride

    Hubby said yum! He added 2 splashes of bitters because he likes it. Also served over the rocks. Thanks for posting it here.

  • @ngdarlen

    This baby is STRONG!!! I made the drink strictly according to directions,and it turned out good, more of a sipping drink because I prolly could only handle 2.I will try again because I love bourbon but will add something like sweetened lime juice or something to cut the strongness, or maybe even a drop of honey, but then it wouldn’t be a manhattan.Thanks for the recipe.

  • mollypaul

    An outstanding cocktail!