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This Week’s Featured Cocktail: The Manhattan

This Week’s Featured Cocktail: The Manhattan

Forrest Miller – Muze Staff Writer

This week’s featured drink is dedicated to a great city: New York.  There are a lot of drinks named after the Big Apple and her five boroughs so we are going to go with a classic: the Manhattan.  The manhattan is made with bourbon or rye whiskey, which are natural choices to build a drink with that cozy, sexy, boozy feeling to it.  As a bonus, we will cover a few very simple variations of the Manhattan because, as everyone knows, a great way to impress at a party is by showing off your knowledge of mixology and we want to make you look good.  Just think of Muze Magazine as the greatest wingman ever.

The Manhattan


  • 1 1/2 oz. rye or bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 cherry (garnish)


Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.  Variations:  For a dry Manhattan follow the recipe above but use dry vermouth in the place of sweet vermouth and a lemon twist instead of the cherry.  Another variation is the “Perfect Manhattan.”  The Perfect Manhattan is basically a combination of the standard and dry versions.  For the prefect version, add 1/4 oz. of sweet vermouth, 1/4 oz. of dry vermouth, and garnish with both a cherry and a lemon twist.

Tags: manhattan, perfect manhattan, dry manhattan, vermouth, sweet vermouth, New York, Big Apple, rye, rye whiskey, cocktail of the week, drink of the week, drinking advice, what to drink, drink ideas, simple drinks, classic drinks

About The Author

Staff Writer, Freelance writer
Forrest Miller lives in Portland, Oregon but is originally from Vermont. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010. Since then he has been fulfilling the stereotype about english majors by moving to the city and becoming a starving artist with no idea what to do with his life. If you like his work, find him on Facebook at or read his fascinating musings at
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