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Manhattan cocktail
Manhattan: a whiskey and vermouth cocktail from New York.


For 1 person
2.5 cl bourbon or rye whiskey
5 cl de vermouth rosso
0.5 cl simple syrup (optional, sweeter)
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

How to make

👉 mixing glass / 🥃 coupe / 🍸 short drink (7cl) / ⏱️ 3 mn
  1. Half fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.

  2. Pour in the whisky, vermouth, sugar syrup and Angostura.

  3. Stir with a mixing spoon.

  4. Strain into a cocktail glass.

  5. Insert a lemon zest.


The Manhattan recipe appeared for the first time on September 5, 1882 in the New York newspaper The Olean Democrat where it was written " It is but a short time ago that a mixture of whiskey, vermouth and bitters came into vogue".

In 1884 the recipe was officially published in 3 cocktail books which specified that the Manhattan included an extra dash of gum syrup, and often lemon as decoration. Already originally the recipe calls for using twice as much vermouth as whiskey as you can see below, more or less this is still the case today for a good balance.

manhattan cocktail 1884 o. h. byron

The origin of this cocktail is debated but it dates back to the 1860s or 1870s and comes from Manhattan, a famous district of New York.

A few cocktails are variations of the Manhattan: the Martinez (with gin), the Metropolitan (with brandy) and the Rob Roy (with scotch whiskey).

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