Home Bar Project: How to Make a Manhattan

Have you ever dreamed of having an amazing home bar, filled with bottles you actually use and the tools you need to execute a fine crafted cocktail? Enter the Home Bar Project. Through this series we are going to take this challenge piece by piece. We’ll teach you the proper techniques and make sure the spirits you purchase aren’t collecting dust on your back bar.

About the instructor:
Dan Lan Hamm is a craft bartender at 1 Tippling Place in Philadelphia. He was Pennsylvania's winner of Bombay Sapphire and GQ's Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in 2014. He runs Spirit Forward, a cocktail-centric group which caters local events and provides educational workshops.

This week: How to Make a Manhattan

This week’s cocktail, the Manhattan, has fuzzy beginnings. The most popular story says it originated in The Manhattan Club in New York, and was invented for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome, William Churchill’s mother. Though this drink goes back about 150 years, it is still one of the most popular ordered drinks in most cocktail bars. You’ll need to pick up sweet vermouth for this one, and avoid anything under the $10 range. A quality vermouth is what really makes this drink come to life.

New Tools you'll need:
Julep Strainer (Amazon)

Ingredients:
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz Bourbon
1 oz Sweet vermouth
1 Maraschino cherry

Note: The manhattan is usually made with rye whiskey instead of bourbon, however the purpose of the Home Bar Project is to keep the amount of ingredients low for your home bar, therefore for this recipe we're using bourbon. You may use whichever you prefer.

 


Step 1 of 9:

Add 2-3 heavy dashes bitters to a pint glass.


Step 2 of 9:

Add 1 oz sweet vermouth.


Step 3 of 9:

Add 2 oz bourbon.


Step 4 of 9:

Gently add ice, and begin stirring. Use bar spoon to lower first few cubes to avoid spillage.


Step 5 of 9:

Continue stirring, filling up your pint glass to the top with ice. Make sure to continually add ice and keep glass full.


Step 6 of 9:

More stirring, more ice.


Step 7 of 9:

Yet more stirring, yet more ice.

When your glass is about 3/4 full like the above picture you are just about done, give it a quick taste and make sure its ready.


Step 8 of 9:

Pour through julep strainer.

Don’t forget some flair, you earned it.


Step 9 of 9:

Add cherry and enjoy.

Make sure to avoid the glowy red cherries, the real things are much more delicious. Luxardo makes an amazing garnish cherry, a bit more pricey, but totally worth it. 

Enjoy!
 

Photos by The Drink Nation 


Tags: Cocktails, Spirits
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Guinness to Open US Brewery in the Baltimore Area, August 3

Guinness to Open US Brewery in the Baltimore Area, August 3

If you haven't had a chance to drink a fresh pint of Guinness in Ireland, no worries, because Guinness is opening a 62 acre brewery and taproom just s...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jul 6, 2018
New York City's Best Gin Bars

New York City's Best Gin Bars

Gin is great for summer, but it really is perfect for any time of year. Check out these New York hot spots that are taking this crowd favorite spirit ...read more ›

by Hannah Warne Jun 26, 2018
9,000 Bourbon Barrels Fall to Ground During Collapse at Sazerac Distillery Warehouse

9,000 Bourbon Barrels Fall to Ground During Collapse at Sazerac Distillery Warehouse

Pour some out, because 9,000 barrels of whiskey were damaged during a distillery's building collapse in Kentuc...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 26, 2018
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
John Legend is Now Making His Own Wine With Napa's Raymond Vineyards

John Legend is Now Making His Own Wine With Napa's Raymond Vineyards

Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend is partnering with Raymond Vineyards for his line of luxury wines,...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 26, 2018
Dylan Sprouse, Star of Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Co-Founded a Brooklyn Meadery

Dylan Sprouse, Star of Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Co-Founded a Brooklyn Meadery

From the Suite Life to the Mead Life, Dylan Sprouse is living his best life as the CEO and co-founder of All-W...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jun 14, 2018
Where to Drink Summertime Cocktails in New York City

Where to Drink Summertime Cocktails in New York City

This summer, sip some of the best concoctions that New York has to offer. We've rounded up some of the city's best new beverages that will have you li...read more ›

by Hannah Warne Jun 12, 2018
Game of Thrones & Johnnie Walker are Releasing a White Walker Scotch

Game of Thrones & Johnnie Walker are Releasing a White Walker Scotch

HBO's hugely popular fantasy show won't return for its final season until April 2019, but in the meantime, Gam...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 12, 2018
Snoop Dogg Mixes World's Largest Gin and Juice

Snoop Dogg Mixes World's Largest Gin and Juice

Snoop Dogg, rapper and huge fan of gin mixed with orange juice, took the stage at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival to mix up one of the large...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jun 11, 2018
Where to Drink in Nolita

Where to Drink in Nolita

This small and mighty New York neighborhood is packed to the brim with some of the best bars and restaurants in the city....read more ›

by Hannah Warne May 30, 2018
Behind the Bar: Amanda Victoria of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Behind the Bar: Amanda Victoria of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

For this installment of Behind the Bar, we spoke to Amanda Victoria, the current Communications Director for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in America...read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 22, 2018
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Home Bar Project Rectangle
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close