This delightful bourbon Manhattan cocktail recipe is dedicated to my friend, Alex, from Maine! He loves a good Manhattan because of the sweetness balanced with the deliciousness of bourbon!
One day on Facebook, I asked the question: What cocktail do you want to see me make for the blog? I got some good answers and the one I chose for this week was this delightful bourbon Manhattan cocktail. When Alex proposed this recipe, I asked if he still wanted it even though I had already posted a Crown Royal whiskey Manhattan – and he said yes.
So here it is, but before I go into the recipe . . .
I didn’t start watching the show Mad Men until at least season 3. I binged watched a few seasons and what stuck with me was how much the characters drank. Hey, no judgment from me! As you all know, I love a good cocktail. Or wine, or beer, or . . .
Well, you get the drift.
So, there is Don Draper, holding a bourbon in his hands and even though I thought I didn’t like bourbon, he inspired me to pick up a bourbon nip the next time I went to the liquor store. You better believe that I cracked open that bourbon nip and poured it into the appropriate glass the next time I watched the show.
I sat there taking mini sips as I watched them drink glasses of scotch, tumblers of bourbon and the ever present martini!
My first few sips, I can’t say that I didn’t screw up my face. What I can say, is the more I sipped, the more I liked it.
Who’d a thunk it?
Certainly not me.
On to the recipe
The Ingredients for the Delightful Bourbon Manhattan Cocktail
This recipe calls for Knob Creek bourbon, sweet vermouth and a few dashes of aromatic bitters!
First thing I do is grab my trusty cocktail shaker and fill it half way with ice. But you knew that already because I always fill it half way, don’t I?
I measure out 2 1/2 ounces of bourbon.
I pour it into the shaker.
Keeping it Real and On My Soapbox
Normally, it takes me about 1/2 hour to photograph the making of any given cocktail. These last few weeks we’ve been feeling the heat, so the cocktail ice will melt even more quickly than it already does in summertime. However, I choose not to fish out the skinnies and replace them with new cubes, because then I’d have a watery drink with plump ice.
And I am all about keeping it real.
Besides, melting ice is not a bad thing. I don’t like gussying a recipe up so much that the normal person couldn’t possibly duplicate it. I’m not really referring to this cocktail. Or only this cocktail. You probably have seen photos on Instagram of milk shakes, for example, that have all these sweets – like whole brownies and pieces of cake – sticking out of them.
It’s too much.
I know they look delicious, but do you really want to drink and eat that many calories? I know I don’t. In my opinion, the phoniness and the extremes these images represent are getting out of control.
*Steps daintily down off soap box, smooths apron and adjusts pearls.*
Now, where did I put that shaker…?
Back to the Delightful Bourbon Manhattan Cocktail
Next up, I measure 1 ounce of sweet vermouth.
Into the cocktail shaker goes!
Now, I uncap the angostura bitters and shake 3 drops in the shaker.
Time to cap the shaker and shake it 10 times. I pour the contents into my double old fashioned glass.
I take two maraschino cherries out and rinse them, because I don’t like the extra cherry juice.
I plunk them in the cocktail and since the ice has melted quickly, the cherries sink like, well, sinkers!
See the ice? And the cherries? Don’t they look like something from a Dutch master’s painting?
*Christopher nods yes.*
Here’s a vertical shot of the lovely drink.
Yay! Now, it’s time to drink it before all the ice melts. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.
And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!
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- 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 5 drops angostura bittters
- Fill a cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice
- Add bourbon, sweet vermouth and the dashes of bitters
- Cap the shaker and shake 10 times
- Pour contents into glass
- Plop the cherries in the drink
- Lift the glass
- Feel like Don Draper