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Drink of the Month: The Influential Gentleman’s Manhattan

As I just had a delicious Manhattan the other night, and have been taking trips here and there to visit Manhattan, I’m choosing the Manhattan as my October drink of the month. Another classic, a Manhattan is perfect for brisk fall weather, and is always a classy drink to order if you want to sound like you’re a suave and seasoned drinker. Trust me you’ll get much more respect from your bartender with this drink than constantly stumbling up to the bar and ordering your 3rd and 4th Red Bull vodka.

Plenty of venues will make Manhattan’s differently. I’ll give you my version. The Influential Gentleman’s Manhattan.

Let’s get into it.


  • Rye Whiskey, 2 oz
  • Angostura Bitters, 3 dashes
  • Italian Vermouth, 3/4 oz
  • Large Ice cube
  • 2 Luxarda Maraschino Cherries


  • Pour whiskey and Vermouth into a mixing glass, add 3 dashes of bitters and ice. Stir
  • Strain into a Lowball glass (rocks glass) with single large ice cube
  • Add two maraschino cherries
  • Enjoy

Normally when it comes to my cocktail ingredients and instructions I am not extremely specific. I’ll say to use whatever whiskey you prefer, whatever glass you prefer, etc. However, this is a classy drink that deserves to be made the right way. I mean specific brand of cherries? Yes, it is important.

I’ve had countless Manhattans with different whiskeys, different vermouth, and some gross cherries. Everything in the above Influential Gentleman Manhattan has been hand picked to give you the perfect Manhattan experience. That being said, I will offer some other Manhattans to try.

If you’d prefer a Dry Manhattan, substitute the Sweet Vermouth (Italian) with Dry Vermouth (French). Also, garnish with a lemon twist instead of a cherry.

A Perfect Manhattan combines Sweet and Dry Vermouth, again utilizing a lemon twist. These are tricky and require some serious trial and error.

If you’re a big Scotch drinker, a Rob Roy is a Manhattan with Scotch.


Drink responsibly and enjoy!

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