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classic manhattan cocktail in a coupe with an orange garnish

Classic Manhattan Recipe

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
For this Classic Bourbon Manhattan Recipe, we’re sticking to the basics, quality bourbon, excellent vermouth and a few dashes and drops of bitters to tie everything together. It’s effortlessly sippable as a bourbon- (or whiskey-) lover’s cocktail.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Bourbon Cocktail
Servings 1


  • 2 oz 100 proof bourbon I use Early Times Bottled in Bond or Johnny Drum
  • 1 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino sweet vermouth
  • 16 drops Bohemian Bitters aromatic bitters
  • 8 drops spiced cherry bitters
  • 8 drops orange bitters
  • Garnish: orange peel and optional cherry


  • Combine vermouth, bourbon and bitters in a mixing glass and fill with ice.
  • Stir until well-chilled and strain into a chilled coupe.
  • Express the oils from an orange peel over the cocktail and garnish with the peel. Add a cherry if you like.
Keyword bitters, manhattan, sweet vermouth
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