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Man O’ War

Mixing up a Man O’ War cocktail offers a refreshing clash of bourbon’s deep warmth with the bright zing of citrus and vermouth. This drink balances the smooth, rich notes of good-quality bourbon or rye with the sharp sweetness of Cointreau and lemon juice. It’s a favorite for its bold flavors that blend beautifully, creating a drink that’s both refreshing and strong. Topped with a brandied cherry and a twist of lemon peel, it’s a full-bodied treat that’s perfect to enjoy any evening. Try making this Man O’ War cocktail tonight.

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Man o War Cocktail

Man O’ War

Prep Time: 5 minutes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bourbon
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Enjoy a Man O' War cocktail tonight—easy recipe with bourbon, Cointreau, and fresh flavors. Click for recipe.


  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Lemon Twist For garnish


  • Chill the Glass:
  • Start by filling a cocktail glass with ice cubes or place it in the freezer to chill.
  • Mix the Cocktail:
  • In a cocktail shaker, add a handful of ice cubes.
  • Pour in 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey.
  • Add 1 ounce of Cointreau or your chosen orange liqueur.
  • Add 1/2 ounce of sweet vermouth.
  • Add 1/2 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Shake:
  • Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. The goal is to dilute the cocktail slightly with the ice, while chilling it thoroughly.
  • Prepare the Garnish:
  • Remove the ice from your chilled glass or take the glass out of the freezer.
  • Using a knife or a vegetable peeler, cut a thin strip of lemon peel, being careful to avoid the bitter white pith.
  • Optionally, you can twist the lemon peel over the glass to release its oils, adding an extra zing of citrus aroma.
  • Strain:
  • Strain the cocktail into the chilled glass, ensuring no ice shards make their way into the final drink.
  • Garnish and Serve:
  • Drop a brandied cherry into the glass.
  • Twist the lemon peel over the drink to release more oils, then rub the rim of the glass with the peel and drop it into the drink as well.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his 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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