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two manhattans with orange garnish

Balanced Perfection - A Quarantine Perfect Manhattan

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
This balanced perfect Manhattan uses a split base of spirits paired with both sweet and dry vermouth to build a fascinating cocktail that's easy to sip and subtly different from a common Manhattan. Using two bitters to build up elements usually only focused on in the garnish brings out the bitter notes to marry them with the cherry and orange garnish used so often for Manhattans.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine Bourbon Cocktail
Servings 1


  • 1 oz bourbon – Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bottled in Bond
  • 1 oz rye – Wilderness Trail Rye or Willett 3 year old Rye
  • ½ oz sweet vermouth
  • ½ oz dry vermouth
  • 5 drops Woodford’s spiced cherry bitters
  • 5 drops Woodford’s orange bitters
  • Garnish: orange peel and cherry


  • Combine whiskies, vermouth and bitters in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until chilled and well-combined, at least 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass and garnish with orange and/or cherry.
Keyword manhattan, vermouth
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