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How to make a classic manhattan cocktail and a "perfect" manhattan. The "perfect" style will blend in sweet and dry vermouth and the classic only uses sweet vermouth. Take your choice of a favorite whiskey: bourbon, rye, Canadian or Irish. Stir, strain and serve up or on the rocks. | ethnicspoon.com | ethnicspoon.com
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The Perfect Manhattan

The perfect Manhattan is a combination of bourbon or Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth and dry vermouth.

Course Drink
Cuisine American
Keyword classic bourbon cocktail, sweet cocktail, whiskey drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 1 serving
Calories 192 kcal


  • 2 oz Irish whiskey
  • ½ oz dry Vermouth
  • ½ oz sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 tsp Maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 Maraschino cherry for garnish


  1. Place all ingredients except the cherry into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Stir and strain into cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Nutrition Facts
The Perfect Manhattan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 5g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.