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Manhattan cocktail
Manhattan: a whiskey and vermouth cocktail from New York.


For 1 person
5 cl whiskey (bourbon or rye)
2 cl de vermouth rosso
0.5 cl simple syrup
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

How to make

Technique: mixing glass / Glass: martini / Type: short drink (7cl) / Time: 3 mn
  1. Add a few ice cubes then all the ingredients to a mixing glass.

  2. Stir with a mixing spoon.

  3. Strain into a martini glass.

  4. Insert a lemon zest or wedge.


The Manhattan recipe appeared for the first time on September 5, 1882 in the New York newspaper The Olean Democrat where it was written " It is but a short time ago that a mixture of whiskey, vermouth and bitters came into vogue".

In 1884 the recipe was officially published in 3 cocktail books which specified that the Manhattan included an extra dash of gum syrup, and often lemon as decoration.

manhattan cocktail 1884 o. h. byron

The origin of this cocktail is debated but it dates back to the 1860s or 1870s and comes from Manhattan, a famous district of New York.

The Martinez and Metropolitan cocktails are variations of the Manhattan.

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