Maker’s Manhattan Up
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Maker’s Manhattan Up
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3.95 / 5
The Maker's Manhattan Up is a twist on the classic Manhattan cocktail, which traditionally combines whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. In this rendition, the drink specifically calls for bourbon, often the ... more The Maker's Manhattan Up is a twist on the classic Manhattan cocktail, which traditionally combines whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. In this rendition, the drink specifically calls for bourbon, often the smooth and rich Maker's Mark, paired with red (sweet) vermouth to balance the robust flavors of the whiskey. Its signature flavor is a harmonious mix of the warming and slightly sweet undertones of the bourbon with the herbaceous and slightly bitter notes of the vermouth. The cocktail is served in an elegant cocktail glass and typically garnished with a cherry, adding a touch of fruitiness and a pop of color to the presentation. This cocktail is a choice for those who appreciate the timeless appeal of a well-balanced whiskey drink.
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32% | 2.88 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

Maker’s Manhattan Up redefines the classic Manhattan by integrating bourbon with sweet vermouth, exhibiting a seamless marriage of warmth, sweetness, and subtle herbal notes. It's a sophisticated, well-structured cocktail that resonates with the essence of tradition yet appeals to contemporary tastes.

Method
How to make a Maker’s Manhattan Up

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a cherry and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is Maker's Manhattan Up shaken and not stirred?

Shaking the Maker's Manhattan Up, as opposed to stirring, is a technique used to chill the cocktail more effectively while also introducing a small amount of dilution. This dilution is essential for balancing the strong flavors of the bourbon and red vermouth, ensuring a smoother drinking experience. The vigorous shaking also adds a slight aerated texture, making the cocktail feel lighter on the palate.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of bourbon is best for a Maker's Manhattan Up?

The Maker's Manhattan Up specifically calls for Maker's Mark bourbon, a popular choice known for its smoothness and slightly sweet flavor profile, which comes from its unique composition, including red winter wheat. This bourbon complements the sweetness of the red vermouth, creating a well-balanced cocktail. However, any high-quality bourbon that matches your taste preference can also work well in this cocktail.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal glassware for serving a Maker's Manhattan Up?

A Maker's Manhattan Up is best served in a cocktail glass, also known as a martini glass. This specific choice of glassware enhances the drinking experience by showcasing the cocktail's color and clarity while also keeping the drink cold. The wide brim of the glass allows for the full aroma to be appreciated with each sip, enhancing the overall flavor profile.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Maker's Manhattan Up compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 32%, the Maker's Manhattan Up falls into the mid to high range of alcohol content for classic cocktails. For comparison, a classic Martini typically ranges from 30% to 32% alcohol by volume (ABV), similar to the Manhattan Up. In contrast, lighter cocktails like the Mojito or Aperol Spritz have lower ABVs, typically around 10-15%. Therefore, the Manhattan Up is considered to be a stronger drink, suited for sipping and savoring.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with a Maker's Manhattan Up?

The bold flavors of bourbon and the sweet, herbal notes of red vermouth in a Maker's Manhattan Up pair excellently with rich, savory dishes. Try serving this cocktail with steak, grilled meats, or roasted vegetables. For a cheese pairing, opt for strong, aged varieties like cheddar or gouda. The cocktail's robust profile can also complement the richness of dark chocolate desserts, making it versatile for both dinner and dessert courses.

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