Best Bourbon for Making the Perfect Manhattan

Are you searching for the best bourbon for a Manhattan? Well, you’ve come to the right place! You’ll learn all you can and more about which bourbons pair best with the classic cocktail.

 cocktail with the best bourbon for manhattan garnished with brandied cherry

The Manhattan is a timeless drink that originated in the New York club scene around the late 1800s and has continued to grace the menu of almost every cocktail menu in the country. Manhattan’s are a great sipping drink since it’s usually robust with a rye flavor.

Best Bourbon For Manhattan 


When finding the best bourbon for a Manhattan, you have more than enough options to explore.

Each bourbon on our list has a unique flavor that will add a certain zest to your cocktail repertoire. 

Let us know what you think, and leave a comment below! Please make sure you tell us your favorite bourbon for a Manhattan!

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Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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