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A cherry Manhattan in a coupe glass garnished with orange peel with a cherry on the table and nuts in background.
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THE Cherry Manhattan

This Cherry Manhattan perfectly blends the warmth of bourbon with the sweetness of vermouth and cherries. A sublime cocktail to wind down your day. 
Mix up a pitcher of these and serve as guests arrive.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Beverage, Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Liquor, Manhattan, THE Cherry Manhattan
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Anna


  • 8 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey, bourbon is sweeter than rye
  • 4 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 2 ½ ounces dessert cherry juice or cherry syrup, If you use the syrup from the cherries, use ⅔ syrup and ⅓ water.
  • 5-6 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 4 dessert cherries, with stem, we like Chukar Cherries.
  • 4 pieces orange zest, 1" x ½" (This is easy to do ahead of time with a potato peeler.)


  • In a pitcher mix the bourbon, sweet vermouth, cherry juice and bitters.
  • When ready to serve, put some ice in a martini shaker.
  • Add one or two servings of the bourbon mixture.
  • Shake gently to chill. (If you are serving over ice, you can eliminate this part.)
  • Pour into a coupe or martini glass.
  • Garnish with one piece of orange zest twisted over each drink and one cherry each.


Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:
Make the pitcher of cocktails up to 2 hours ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. Please remember to drink responsibly.
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