Manhattan Dry
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Manhattan Dry
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.45 / 5
The Manhattan Dry is a classic cocktail that originated in the late 1800s in New York City's Manhattan Club. It is a sophisticated and smooth drink that perfectly combines the ... more The Manhattan Dry is a classic cocktail that originated in the late 1800s in New York City's Manhattan Club. It is a sophisticated and smooth drink that perfectly combines the bold flavors of bourbon with the subtle hints of white vermouth and a few dashes of Angostura bitters. This cocktail has a strong and robust flavor, but is also surprisingly well-balanced and easy to drink. Some may argue that the Manhattan Dry is the perfect representation of New York City - strong, elegant, and full of character. Served in a martini glass and garnished with a maraschino cherry, this cocktail is a staple in any bar or social gathering. It's a true classic that has stood the test of time and continues to be a favorite amongst cocktail lovers.
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Bourbon
Garnish
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Lemon
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32.94% | 2.8 units *
Details
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Classic
Stirred

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Manhattan Dry takes the robust body of bourbon and pairs it with the crispness of white vermouth, elevating it with a bite from the Angostura bitters, crafting a cocktail that's both spirited and sharp. This cocktail's balance of strong bourbon and subtle herbal notes from the vermouth makes it a stalwart choice for those favoring sophistication with a dry finish, reflective of its Manhattan roots and enduring appeal.

Method
How to make a Manhattan Dry

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a lemon peel twist and serve

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

·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

FAQ

What is the difference between a Manhattan Dry and a classic Manhattan cocktail?

The main difference between a Manhattan Dry and a classic Manhattan cocktail lies in the type of vermouth used. A Manhattan Dry uses dry vermouth, giving it a crisper and less sweet flavor profile, while a classic Manhattan uses sweet vermouth, which makes the drink sweeter and richer in taste.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of whiskey instead of bourbon in a Manhattan Dry?

Yes, you can use different types of whiskey in a Manhattan Dry, though bourbon is traditional. Rye whiskey is a popular alternative, offering a spicier flavor. However, using different whiskeys will slightly alter the cocktail's taste, potentially deviating from the original Manhattan Dry flavor.

FAQ

What is the significance of stirring instead of shaking a Manhattan Dry?

Stirring a Manhattan Dry, rather than shaking it, helps to maintain the clarity and smooth texture of the cocktail. Shaking can introduce air bubbles and ice chips, making the drink more cloudy and textured. Stirring gently combines the ingredients while keeping the drink clear and elegantly presented.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How should I garnish a Manhattan Dry?

A Manhattan Dry is traditionally garnished with a lemon twist or a green olive to complement its dry and crisp flavor profile. The garnish adds an aromatic element and visual appeal, enhancing the overall drinking experience.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

What makes the alcohol content in a Manhattan Dry unique?

The alcohol content in a Manhattan Dry is notable for being relatively high compared to some other cocktails, due to its composition of mainly spirits with little dilution. This makes it a strong cocktail, with the dry vermouth slightly tempering the whiskey's potency while preserving its robust character.

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