Recipe courtesy of Julie Reiner

The Classic Manhattan

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
You'd think that a cocktail with just three ingredients would be simple. But while a classic Manhattan is easy to make, it's also easy to mess up unless you know the right technique. Use rye whiskey to give it a spicy note to balance the sweetness of vermouth.



  1. Put the bitters, sweet vermouth, and rye whiskey in a mixing glass. Add ice to just above the level of the liquid. Stir with a cocktail spoon, 20–25 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with Luxardo cherries.