How to Make a Brandy Manhattan – 2 Recipes

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How to make a brandy manhattan

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The Manhattan is a cocktail that is made from whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. The whiskies that are commonly used are Rye, Canadian whiskey, bourbon, blended whiskey, or Tennessee whiskey.

The drink is stirred and strained and then garnished with a Maraschino cherry with the stem attached. This is a delicious spin on this traditional cocktail, and many people prefer it. So let's learn exactly how to make a Brandy Manhattan, shall we?

Some believe that the Brandy Manhattan is a descendant of the Brandy Old Fashioned, which is quite similar except the Old Fashioned is sweeter and it doesn’t have vermouth.

Now, this is a sophisticated drink and that means that you need sophisticated cherries. You don’t want those dyed Maraschino cherries that are an obscene bright red and packaged in sweet liquid. Go for a brand called Luxardo, which is a bit of a splurge but worth the extra money. Luxurious, delicious, and rich, these cherries are going to make your Brandy Manhattan a total hit.​

Brandy Manhattan Recipe #1

Once you try this cocktail, there’s no going back. It’s a wonderfully balanced and smooth drink that works for many occasions.​

What you'll need:​

  • 2 oz. brandy​
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters (1/8 - 1/4 tsp.)
  • 1/4 tsp. cherry syrup
  • Maraschino cherry to garnish

Begin by adding between half a cup to a cup of ice in a cocktail shaker and pour all ingredients in. Gently stir. Strain the liquid into a rocks glass that has fresh ice. Finish by garnishing with a high quality Maraschino cherry.

Brandy Manhattan Recipe #2​

This one is a little more toned-down and is better for those who don't prefer too much Vermouth. You use the same method of preparation as above.

What you'll need:​

  • 2 oz. brandy​
  • 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters (1/8 - 1/4 tsp.)
  • 1 tsp. cherry syrup
  • Maraschino cherry to garnish
  • A splash of water

That's all there is to it. Now that you know how to make a Brandy Manhattan, go fix yourself a delicious cocktail!

Cheers!

About the Author

As an organic chemist, Janelle Rogers always preferred her drinks pure, like bottled water from the Pyrenees or organic wine. That is, until a jazz saxophonist blew the doors of her taste buds wide open by introducing her to the joys of cocktails. When not tinkering with new blends, Janelle is a frequent contributor to Chemistry Today and runs a classified black-ops department of the NIH.

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