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Southern Comfort Manhattan

This Southern Comfort Manhattan recipe came to me from my Aunt Carol and Uncle Vic! It’s a tasty and delicious twist on the classic Manhattan cocktail!!

Vertical view of Manhattan with the cherry in the front of the ice cubes

We love visiting family, don’t you? Every year Christopher’s aunt and uncle come back from their home in Las Vegas to visit their kids, grand kids, great grand kids and friends and we usually take a trip to central Massachusetts to see them.

During our last visit, we discussed the blog and my cocktails. They are dedicated readers of the blog and wanted to give me a recommendation.

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Aunt Carol asked me if I had ever heard of a Manhattan made with Southern Comfort.

I hadn’t and I was intrigued. My mom used to drink classic Manhattans at dinner parties. That was her “special occasion” cocktail. I bet she would have loved this variation.

The thing I found so intriguing about the Southern Comfort Manhattan is that their version calls for both sweet and dry vermouth. I’d never heard of that before. Not in the Manhattan.

I was all in. I wanted to taste this scrumptious combo.

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A short glass with the manhattan in it with a red cherry
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How to make this Southern Comfort Manhattan


Get a cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice. Also get a measuring glass, glassware and a maraschino cherry for the garnish.

After you measure out each ingredient, pour it into the shaker.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – Southern Comfort, dry vermouth and sweet vermouth.

Southern Comfort, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth on a very colorful table

Step two

Measure 2 ounces of Southern Comfort and fish out a cherry for the garnish.

Southern Comfort poured out in a hour glass jigger with the bottle, shaker and glass in the background

Step three

Measure 1 ounce of sweet vermouth.

Sweet vermouth poured out in the jigger with the bottle, shaker, garnish and glass in the background

Step four

Measure out 1 ounce of dry vermouth.

Dry vermouth measured in a glass jigger with the bottle, garnish, shaker and glass in the background

Step five

Cap shaker and shake for 15 seconds.

Step six

Add a few more ice cubes to the glass and pour the contents of the shaker into it and add the cherry.

Close up of the ice filled double old fashioned glass with the Manhattan and a cherry

Yummy!  I couldn’t wait to taste this Southern Comfort Manhattan!

Aunt Carol and Uncle Vic were absolutely right!  It is delicious!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  Don’t forget to tell me what your favorite cocktail is!!

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Square photo of the double old fashioned glass filled with the Manhattan with a cherry floating in it

Carol & Vic’s Southern Comfort Manhattan

This Southern Comfort Manhattan is delightfully balanced and so delicious!
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: Manhattan, Southern Comfort drink, Southern Comfort Manhattan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 180kcal


  • 2 ounces Southern Comfort
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth


  • 1 – 2 cherries


  • Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice
  • Add Southern comfort, sweet vermouth and dry vermouth
    2 ounces Southern Comfort, 1 ounce sweet vermouth, 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • Cap shaker and shake 20 seconds
  • Add extra ice cubes if needed and pour contents into rocks glass and add cherry/ies
    1 – 2 cherries
  • Sip
  • Sigh
  • Enjoy
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Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Potassium: 35mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1.2mg
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  1. That one looks so tasty! Only one of those or I would be on the floor, though! I’m pretty boring when it comes to alcohol consumption, so I fear I can’t be of any help in that department!

  2. This looks and sounds like a amazing drink!! Will share this with my friends whole love to try different cocktail! Cheers

  3. I will have to try this! I have been making Manhattans for a long time, but I have only used sweet vermouth. I also add cherry brandy. Iโ€™m going to buy some dry vermouth! Thanks for the great recipe, because I love Southern Comfort!๐Ÿ˜€

  4. These are delicious! I’m not a fan of the traditional Manhattans but the Southern Comfort twist with these are great. I’ve made them for company and they loved them too! Thank you!!

    1. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the recipe. Our aunt and uncle turned me on to them! And thank you for taking the time to let me know. I appreciate it Mary.

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