In the “Gail’s Guide to Cocktails” Series, RŌNIN bartender and certified sommelier, Gail Lanorias, drops some knowledge on your favorite mixed drinks and provides professional tips on how to make them at home.

There are several unverified origin stories as to when and where the Manhattan was invented, but we do know that it can be traced back to the late 1800’s. Over a century later, the Manhattan is still a favorite among cocktail lovers and with Gail’s recipe, you can easily make it at home. Fun fact: did you know that there’s a cocktail named after each borough of New York City? Manhattan is, of course, the most famous, but there’s also the Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island Ferry cocktails.

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50 ml Whisky

25 ml Italian Vermouth

2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

1 Maraschino Cherry


  1. Combine whisky, Italian vermouth, and angostura bitters into a mixing glass
  2. Add ice and stir
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry


Gail’s Tips:

  • Traditional Manhattan recipes use rye whisky, but feel free to substitute this with a whisky of your choice
  • A popular variation of this cocktail is the “Perfect Manhattan,” which uses equal parts sweet and dry vermouth

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