22 Jun 2024
Recipe of the week: Manhattan Cocktail
Expat Cookbook

Recipe of the week: Manhattan Cocktail

Forget Cosmos – they are so 90s, a flash in the pop culture pan. The real deal for a typical New York City cocktail is a Manhattan! Cheers, YLC readers!


My grandmother Rose, born in Flatbush Brooklyn in 1922 also moved on up to the Hudson Heights area of northern Manhattan when she was in her twenties. She often went to the local watering hole (an Irish bar called The Pipers Kilt) on Broadway on Friday nights for a beer, a burger and singing with friends. Although the night usually continued with beers, she always started it with a Manhattan cocktail. The last time we were out on the town before she got ill, and before I got pregnant with my first child was at Ciprianis in Grand Central Terminal. We toasted to the future and to Manhattan. We clinked glasses and drank her favorite New York Cocktail.

Bourbon Manhattan Cocktail Recipe borrowed from Adam at Inspired Taste  and created by Joanne and Adam Gallagher.

You only need three main ingredients to make this classic bourbon Manhattan cocktail recipe at home. You’ll need bourbon, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters. Then, if you want, finish it off with orange peel and a maraschino cherry for garnish.

What you need (for one cocktail):

2 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey

1 ounce sweet vermouth

2-3 dashes aromatic bitters (We use Angostura)

maraschino cherry for garnish

orange peel for garnish

What to do:

Fill a martini glass to the brim with ice so it chills while you make the Manhattan.

Add whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters to a shaker or glass with a few ice cubes, and then stir or gently shake. Do not over do it, you do not want the ice to water down the drink.

Discard ice from martini glass then strain Manhattan into the chilled glass and garnish with cherry and orange peel.


While we used bourbon in this version, it is also popular to use rye whiskey.If you prefer things on the dryer side, use 50/50 sweet vermouth to dry vermouth.

Read more here.

Enjoy, YLC readers!


Amy Johansson

Amy moved to Sweden in July 2011 with 1 child, 1 Swedish husband, 2 large suitcases and no idea what she was going to do with her new life in Swedish subtitles. Two years and two more children later, she is YLC’s expert on all things entrepreneurial.


You can find out more about her experiences at www.expatmompreneur.com.

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