the manhattan

Old-Fashioned Cocktail – Manhattan

Cocktail of the Week

This week’s old fashioned cocktail recipe is the famous “Manhattan”

old fashioned cocktails manhattan

Now I love everything Frugal. So I love to make my own cocktails, especially Old-Fashioned Cocktails. Instead of paying for those expensive cocktails at a bar, I have a cocktail hour at home every Saturday night. This is because my husband once worked behind a bar. Who likes to use his bar tending skills?

So this week think of New York, old bars and cigars and I think of the Manhattan cocktails. But like so many cocktails, we have lost the origins of Manhattan in time.

Think around 1920 and you’re sitting in a bar in New York and it’s dark, and they filled the room with smoke. Men are standing around the bar wearing suits and smoking cigars. As they sipped their drinks, they talked about their days.

You may now order a Manhattan by strolling into any bar on the entire planet. A traditional, old-fashioned drink, the Manhattan should be made by any skilled bartender. One of the few beverages that have stood the test of time is this one. even the Prohibition and the Great Depression. That’s significant, then.

Through the years, Manhattan has endured. However, there are many variations out there that have taken on more of a modern twist, but I believe the original is the finest.

So get your cocktail shaker out and make yourself an old-fashioned cocktail called the Manhattan today.

old fashioned cocktail, the manhattan


2 oz rye whiskey
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
1-3 Maraschino Cherries

In my Manhattan cocktail, mostly whiskey is used, with vermouth adding a soft, but spiced sweetness and bitters adding a touch of zing.

Serve over ice, or not

You may substitute bourbon whiskey for rye whiskey in your Manhattan if you choose

Check out one of my favourite variations if you want to mix it up.


Further, if you wanted to add something to eat, you must check out my latest recipe: no bake cheesecake

Summer Manhattan

This Summer Manhattan is a light and airy summery rendition of Manhattan. Rye whisky is swapped out for Prosecco and Aperol in this delicious summy cocktail.

In place of the rye whisky in this recipe, Aperol and Prosecco are used., adding an twist to the traditional Manhattan cocktail.


  • 1 cherry
  • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 touch Angostura Bitters
  • 3 oz Prosecco
  • Ice


  1. In a cocktail shaker put in bitters and vermouth
  2. Add prosecco and ice
  3. Thread cherry onto skewer, place in drink, and serve.

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