The Sweet Manhattan is cocktail number 50 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Dry Manhattan vs. Sweet Manhattan cocktail history
Almost as soon as it was created, it appears the Manhattan cocktail began to evolve as mixologists toyed with the contents. By 1900, it was a standard recipe in bartenders’ guidebooks and frequently discussed in newspapers worldwide.
It is interesting that three versions of the Manhattan were included in Bottoms Up, Ryan’s Guide to Pleasant Drinking, ca. 1950. All three recipes include rye or bourbon and bitters. The differences:
- Manhattan Cocktail: Italian (sweet) Vermouth
- Dry Manhattan: French (dry) Vermouth
- Sweet Manhattan: Same as the standard Manhattan but with additional sugar
Sweet Manhattan cocktail recipe
2/3 Whiskey, 1/6 Sweet Vermouth, 1/6 Dry Vermouth, 1 dash Bitters. Stir well with ice, strain, serve with Cherry.
- Redemption Rye Whiskey
- Dolin Dry Vermouth
- Gallo Sweet Vermouth
- Angostura Bitters
- Maraschino cherry
Sweet Manhattan cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸)
Ditto to the Dry Manhattan. If you like Rye Whiskey, you’ll most likely enjoy this cocktail. We don’t so…
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