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Perfect Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Perfect Manhattan Cocktail

We just saw the classic Manhattan, now lets go for the ‘Perfect’. Despite the suggestion behind the name, this version isn’t intrinsically better – it simply uses both dry and sweet vermouth to create a rounded flavor that mutes some of the whiskey and melds the flavors in a more uniform way. It’s a delicious drink and any lover of the Manhattan must try this one (if they haven’t made it already by accident).

Perfect Manhattan Cocktail

Perfect Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Graham G.
Step-by-step instructions and ingredients for creating the Perfect Manhattan Cocktail Recipe
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins


  • 2 oz Whiskey
  • ½ oz Sweet Red Vermouth
  • ½ oz Dry White Vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry
  • Orange Zest
  • Coupette glass or Martini glass


  • In a mixing glass, combine the whiskey, bitters, and both vermouths
  • Add ice, stir until adequately diluted but still dark/amber in color (less dark than the classic)
  • Strain into a chilled glass with a stem
    Perfect Manhattan Cocktail
  • Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange zest
    Perfect Manhattan Cocktail


And... here it is:
Perfect Manhattan Cocktail

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