A Manhattan is a classic cocktail, beloved by most if not all cocktail connoisseurs. Many describe a Manhattan as a twist on the Old Fashioned cocktail. 

We think…

That this does not give the mixed drink enough credit. 

While there are other cocktails named after each of New York’s boroughs, none has survived the test of time quite like the Manhattan.

Here is the bottom line: 

If you want an excuse to drink this evening, you are in luck. 

In order to celebrate this famous mixed drink, make sure you are stocked with your favorite brand of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters! You order, Minibar Delivery delivers in as little as 30-60 minutes! 

In the following text we will offer the history of this classic drink, instructions on how to fashion your own, as well as other helpful tips and tricks! 

First off, let’s start by introducing one of the Manhattan’s main ingredients, vermouth: 

What is Vermouth? 

Vermouth is a fortified and aromatized wine. 

So, what does that mean exactly? 

Basically, vermouth is wine spiked with brandy, then infused with herbs and spices, and sweetened. 

Vermouth comes in two different forms, sweet and dry. The sweet variety is known as red vermouth and originates from Italy. The dry variety, on the other hand, is white and first appeared in France. 

While a martini calls for dry vermouth, a Manhattan calls for something a little sweeter. Red vermouth gives a Manhattan its gorgeous red color. 


What does a Manhattan cocktail taste like? 

Manhattan cocktail lovers typically describe this classic as a strong cocktail with a slight bitterness and herbal undertones from both the bitters and vermouth. Many may also pick up on the drinks underlying sweetness from the sweet red vermouth. Connoisseurs know this cocktail for being rather dry and savory.

The reason why this drink has held its popularity for decades is: 

It is simple, delicious, and refreshing. It’s guaranteed to hit the spot! 

What is the history of the Manhattan? 

Like many cocktails, the Manhattan’s origin is quite murky. In fact, there happen to be a number of claims to the invention of this classic cocktail. The most exciting, a least likely story (that I will simply share for kicks) involves Winston Churchill. According to popular legend, the recipe was created at the Manhattan Club in New York for a party thrown by Jennie Jermone (Winston Churchill’s mother). Sadly this tale has recently been debunked, for on this night Jennie Jerome was giving birth to Winton Churchill himself! 

While we are unsure of the drink’s exact origins, we do know when the cocktail first appeared in print. The Sunday Morning Herald printed the first full Manhattan cocktail recipe in 1884.  

How should this cocktail be served? 

Typically, bartenders serve a Manhattan in a cocktail glass garnished with a maraschino cherry. Rather than shaking the cocktail, mixologists stir the drink and then strain it into the proper glass. Some opt to serve the cocktail on the rocks in a lowball glass. 

How do you make a Manhattan? 

Although the basic recipe remains the same, the Manhattan has evolved over the years. Today, there are many twists on this classic cocktail. 

Minibar Delivery, however, wants to harken back the classics. Here is the delicious, Manhattan recipe: 

The basic ingredients for a Manhattan are whiskey, red vermouth, and bitters. Typically bartenders recommend using American Rye Whiskey, although any whiskey will do. It is integral that sweet vermouth is used to cut some of the bitterness of the drink. Lastly, choose between orange bitters and Angostura bitters, either will do! 

Check out our favorite recipe below!



  1. Stir whiskey, bitters, and vermouth in a shaker with ice
  2. Strain into a chilled glass with a Maraschino cherry at the bottom
Manhattan cocktail on wooden board next to a strainer

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