I am going to be honest. I had no idea what a Perfect Manhattan was until about three years ago while working at the Hotel Julien.

Some asked for it, and I had to Google it and was like, “Oh, that sounds interesting.”

I think this is a drink where the right combination of dry and sweet vermouth makes this cocktail.

Whenever I have spilled-based ingredients, I have never liked using two ingredients from the same company. For example, I love using Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, but using Cocchi Vermouth Di Rorino Extra Dry isn’t the right match.

The flavors are too similar and don’t give the cocktail enough flavors to enhance each other.

How to Make a Perfect Manhattan

Perfect Manhattan Recipe

Recipe by Carl Busch
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Course: BeverageCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This is an easy riff of the Manhattan by spilt basing the vermouth with dry and sweet.

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  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey

  • 0.5 oz Dry Vermouth

  • 0.5 oz Sweet Vermouth

  • 2 Dashes Bitters


  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add rye whiskey
  • Add ice.Add ice
  • Stir for 30 secondsStir cocktail
  • Strain into a chilled coupe or Nick and Nora GlassStrain cocktail
  • Garnish with a cherry.


  • I have several recipes, and a cherry or a lemon twist are acceptable garnishes.

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