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A Manhattan cocktail in a coupe glass.

Original Bourbon Manhattan Cocktail Directions

  • Author: Kevin Mayfield
  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail 1x


The original Bourbon Manhattan Cocktail is smooth, sophisticated, and as classy as they come.



2 ounces Bourbon

1 ounce sweet vermouth

3-4 dashes Angostura bitters

1 or 2 cherries for garnish


  1. Add one scoop of fresh ice to a cocktail shaker
  2. Pour in Bourbon, vermouth and bitters. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds
  3. Strain into a coupe glass
  4. Add 1 or 2 cherries for garnish on a cocktail spear


You can use rye whiskey instead of Bourbon if you prefer

If you like it on the rocks, serve it in a rocks glass over ice rather than a coupe glass.

  • Category: Bourbon
  • Method: Shaken

Keywords: Manhattan recipe, Bourbon, Vermouth, Angostura bitters, classic Cocktail, classic Manhattan, Manhattan ingredients