Manhattan Recipe

Classic Restaurant Cocktail Recipe

This Manhattan Recipe is a classic restaurant cocktail recipe.

Often times we don't really know where a recipe originated. Not so with this cocktail recipe from a restaurant.

The year was 1874. A man by the name of Samuel Tilden had just been elected Governor of New York State and a friend of his named Jenny Jerome organized a celebration for him at the Manhattan Club (NYC).

The bartender, whose name is a mystery, exceeded all expectations. He invented the Manhattan. Jenny Jerome named the drink after the club.

And so the Manhattan found its place in history ...but so did Jenny Jerome. She became Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Sir Winston Churchill. And now you know ...the rest of the story. :-)

Classic Manhattan Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Cocktail Recipe

Preparation time: 2 minutes. Serves 1.



  • 1 1/2 ounce bourbon or blended whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce sweet vermouth (or dry - a choice)
  • Dash of bitters (Angostura)



  • Stir with ice (a well-made Manhattan should be stirred - never shaken)
  • Strain into a Manhattan or Martini glass
  • Serve "up" (no ice) with a Maraschino cherry

The "Perfect" Manhattan

Another Restaurant Cocktail Recipe

Same as above but use a 1/4 ounce of both Sweet & Dry Vermouth.

Try making both recipes and decide which one you prefer! :-)

Enjoy your Manhattan and the company of those you share it with!


“The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it.”

Winston Churchill