Manhattan Cocktail

So my husband is on a low carb diet.  Sadly, this means he can’t partake in my awesome Chocolate Martini’s.  However, that doesn’t mean he can’t imbibe a decent cocktail. This Manhattan is made with Knob Creek Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, two types of bitters and a cherry!  Ok, so cherries aren’t low carb but I eat the cherry anyway ;)

Finished Manhattan

Here’s the finished Manhattan!Manhattan Ingredients

The key to this recipe is using a decent bourbon as well as good bitters. For this cocktail I used Angostura bitters as well as Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters. The combination of these ingredients really takes the cocktail over the edge!

Adding Bitters to Manhattan

Here’s a mid bitter’s action shot!

Finished Manhattan

Shake it up, pour it in, and add a cherry!  Enjoy!


Serves: 1

Prep time: 
Total time: 

  • 1.5 Oz Knob Creek Bourbon
  • 1.5 Oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • Several Dashes Angostura
  • Several Dashes Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
  • Cherry

  1. Mix all the liquids in a shaker with ice
  2. Shake
  3. Pour into a glass
  4. Garnish with a cherry

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3 thoughts on “Manhattan Cocktail

  1. Shaking a Manhattan is a crime! There’s no citrus or cream to mix, so all you’ll get is over-dilution, and a cloudy drink from bubbles and chips of ice. A stirred Manhattan is clear and silky.

    Your recipe is heavy on Vermouth – personally I like a lot of Vermouth too, but 1:1 is uncommon. 2:1 rye:vermouth is usual.

    However, you’re completely right to fuss with bitters! They’re key to a tasty Manhattan.

  2. May I make 5 suggestions?

    1. Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth or Punt e Mes

    2. Rye

    4. 2:1 not 1:1

    4. DONT SHAKE! STIR on ice until cold!!

    5. Luxardo Marasca Cherries, or better yet make your own!

    • Thanks for the info! Man, I really had the cocktail wrong! I’ll gave to pick up some better Vermouth and try again.

      Do you serve it neat or on ice?

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