Culinary Institute of America Recipe
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The true history behind the invention of the Manhattan is still a mystery. One popular theory is the drink was created in 1874 at the Manhattan Club in New York City. As legend goes, the Manhattan was made for a party thrown by Winston Churchill’s mother, Lady Randolph Churchill.

Chef tips:
Perfect Manhattan: Replace half of the sweet vermouth with dry vermouth.

The following recipe has been adapted from The Culinary Institute of America's Entertaining (2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) cookbook.

Manhattan recipe by The Culinary Institute of America



Makes 1 Serving

  • 2 ounces bourbon, rye whiskey, or whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • Brandied cherries


  1. Combine the bourbon or whiskey, vermouth, and bitters in a mixing glass with ice and stir with a bar spoon until cold.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with brandied cherries. The drink can also be served on the rocks.

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