This Classic Manhattan Cocktail Drink Recipe is quick, easy and based on the original classic recipe. If you like whisky and vermouth, then this cocktail is for you. Rye is the traditional whiskey of choice, however commonly used whiskeys include Canadian whisky, blended whiskey, Tennessee whiskey or bourbon. The choice is up to you.
The Manhattan cocktail, a True Classic
The Manhattan cocktail drink is another one of those drinks that has been around for many years (it’s thought to have originated in the 1870’s) and was again made popular by the popular TV series, Mad Men. As I mentioned in my Gin Gimlet Recipe post, Karlynn and I recently hosted a Mad Men themed party in our vintage home bar.
Side note: You can get an inside look at how the room looks in Karlynn’s latest post: How to Throw a Mad Men Party.
As part of this party, we created cocktail stations centered around popular characters from the show, Mad Men. This was one of the cocktails I made for the party and it was very popular. Here’s a look at the card I made; including the fun character profile; for the Joan Harris Classic Manhattan station:
One of the staples of the Classic Manhattan cocktail drink recipe is, of course, an easy drinking whisky. Since the show focused heavily on Canadian Club as their whisky of choice, that’s what I based this particular Manhattan recipe off of. Canadian Club is a great choice for a few reasons; it’s quite inexpensive and it’s smooth enough that it mixes well (also makes a mean old fashioned).
Side note: The glasses you see above are vintage pheasant glasses and are from our vintage barware collection. We actually have quite a few of these in various styles from the classic roly poly (commonly used for the old fashioned) to pilsner glasses.
This is a strong drink meant primarily for sipping slowly (think port or similar) so use small sherry glasses similar to the above or a martini glass when serving.
To make a Classic Manhattan Cocktail Drink, you need the following ingredients:
- Canadian Club whisky (or your whisky of choice)
- Maraschino cherries
- Angostura bitters – you can buy some HERE
To prepare, add 2 oz Canadian Club whisky to 1/2 oz of vermouth. Add in a dash of bitters and 1 maraschino cherry. Give it a stir.
Now turn on the fireplace, cozy up with your Classic Manhattan and enjoy!
How to Make a Classic Manhattan Cocktail Drink Video
The video above uses different proportions than we do in ours and that shows you how many different ways you can make this cocktail. It’s one of Karlynn’s favourites to sip on in the winter ( she moves on to lighter summer drinks, you know, in the nicer weather, haha!) To see all of the other drinks and the write up on the Mad Men Party, click these links below!
And there you have it! All the booze that you need for your Mad Men Themed Party!
Happy (and responsible) drinking everyone! Love you more than Old Fashioned’s,
Mike (aka Mr Magpie)
- 2 oz Canadian Club whisky or your whisky of choice
- 1/2 oz vermouth
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Add 2 oz Canadian Club whisky to a glass
Add 1/2 oz vermouth
Add 1 dash of bitters
Add 1 maraschino cherry
Stir and enjoy.