Amoretti Classic Cocktail #16: The Manhattan

In our last installment of “Classic Cocktails,” we discussed the Old Fashioned, the original cocktail. When it comes to neighborly cocktails, there’s no better partner for the Old Fashioned than the Manhattan. A little bit drier, and a little less sweet, we like to think of the Manhattan as the Old Fashioned’s twin.

We’re using one of our uncommon fruit syrups (maraschino cherry) in our new and updated version of this drink recipe, which was first created in the early 1870s. The first written version of the Manhattan can be found in William Schmidt’s 1891 work, The Flowing Bowl. Instead of sweet red vermouth, Schmidt uses a general “vermouth” and a little absinthe.

The Manhattan Drink Recipe


  • Ingredients:
  • Directions:
  • Mix all of your ingredients together in a glass with ice, and stir vigorously. Strain and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Optional: garnish with a maraschino cherry.

    These days, this cocktail is made with bourbon or Canadian whiskey most of the time. However, purists agree that rye whiskey is the spirit of choice for the Manhattan. Truth be told, you can do pretty much whatever you want with this cocktail and few people are going to accuse you of abusing the recipe.

    The Manhattan is perhaps best known not for its uniformity, but for its variability. Every bartender worth his salt has some kind of personal take on the Manhattan. We suppose our spin off this classic cocktail is the addition of one of our more uncommon fruit syrups, Amoretti Premium Maraschino Cherry Syrup.

    We think this drink syrup is the perfect complement to the spirit of the Manhattan. It has a touch of sweetness, but mainly focuses on real fruit flavor. It doesn’t take much to get a full infusion of maraschino cherry flavor. Also, the color of this syrup works in tangent with the sweet red vermouth to produce a brilliant, glowing red cocktail that looks as good as it tastes!

    The bottom line with this drink recipe (and all recipes for that matter): have fun, and let your creativity run wild! When you’re using quality ingredients, you really can’t go wrong. And, if you do create something less than tasty, just start over and take another approach!

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