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With just three main ingredients, the classic Manhattan is a deceptively simple cocktail. Yet a true connoisseur knows that a Manhattan’s success lies in its portions—not too much sweet, not too much bitter, just a touch of spice. However, as long as you’re mindful of the desired amounts, at-home mixologists are free to experiment with variations, subbing out traditional rye for oaky bourbon, tossing in a dash of homemade herbal bitters or incorporating a splash of bright Campari for color and depth. Watch our video above to see top NYC bartender Lucinda Sterling of Middle Branch and Seaborne demonstrate how to stir up this classic drink.
2 oz. rye (or bourbon)
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Pour all ingredients into tall glass and stir over ice
Strain into chilled glass
Garnish with the brandied cherry
Serve straight up
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