The Manhattan gets its name from a club of the same name in New York City, where it has been said to have originated way back in 1870. That’s more than 150 years of history for one of the world’s most enduring whisky cocktails.

In fact, the Manhattan whiskey cocktail ended up being so successful that numerous interpretations of the drink were created over the years. These include the Blonde Manhattan made with Moonshine, the Cuban Manhattan made with dark rum and a Rob Roy, which is a version of the Manhattan made exclusively with Scotch whisky.

What makes the Manhattan such a popular whiskey cocktail all over the world? It is the easy availability of the drink in pretty much any bar you go to, whether it’s a high-end gourmet restaurant, or the shadiest nightclub in your vicinity. The other factor of course is the immense richness of its flavours and the wonderful harmony between Bourbon, sweet Vermouth and the bitters.

Not to forget that this is a particularly simple recipe to follow, and can be the star of your house party as it takes only a couple minutes to prepare. It could easily be the comfort waiting for you at your humble abode, the perfect cocktail to sip on as you unwind. Here’s what you need to make the Manhattan.


Rabbit Hole Cavehill Bourbon – 60 ML
Angostura Bitters – 2 dashes
Orange Bitters – 1 dash
Sweet Vermouth – 30 ML
Maraschino Cherry or Orange peel for garnish
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The Process

Preparing the Manhattan is a fairly simple process. It requires minimal equipment and expertise which explains why it is so much fun to make and to enjoy. Here is how you can easily make yourself a Manhattan in three easy steps.

Step 1: Add the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Do not shake, but stir the mixture for a minute until it is mixed well and has become chilled.

Step 2: Strain the mixture into a chilled Champagne coupe.

Step 3: Drop a Maraschino Cherry, or a slice of Orange peel for garnish and your drink is ready!

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