How to Make a Manhattan Cocktail
Be your own bartender and make yourself a Manhattan drink to celebrate a special occasion or even just a productive workday. The classic Manhattan cocktail requires just three ingredients and a cherry garnish, so even a novice can figure it out. Use our tips to make your cocktails like a pro!
All About Bitters
Bitters are flavor extracts made by infusing plant parts (such as roots, flowers, and bark) with alcohol. Though there are hundreds of different bitters out there, a few broad categories include aromatic bitters, citrus bitters, and spice bitters. A Manhattan generally uses aromatic bitters, of which Angostura is the most famous. If you're not interested in experimenting with your cocktail, Angostura is the classic choice for mixing a Manhattan.
A cherry is the classic Manhattan garnish, but don't limit yourself to just one kind. Maraschino cherries are often the standard garnish, but feel free to use a fresh cherry for a unique spin, or dress up this garnish with a curl of orange peel. And if you have a sweet tooth, try garnishing with a candied cherry for an extra burst of sweetness.