The earliest known printed recipe for the Manhattan was published in O. H. Byron's 1884 Modern Bartenders' Guide, which cites two versions: one made with French vermouth, the other with Italian.

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  • Servings: makes 1 drink


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce Carpano Antica Formula or other sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. Fill a pint glass with ice. Add the rye, vermouth and bitters and stir well. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with the cherry.


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Contributed By Photo © Wendell T. Webber Published February 2010

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