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Reverse Manhattan Cocktail

Twist on the traditional Manhattan, the Reverse Manhattan swaps the ratios of whiskey to vermouth, emphasizing the sweet and herbal notes of the vermouth. A dash of bitters adds complexity to this smooth, refined cocktail, perfect for those who enjoy a milder whiskey flavor.

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reverse manhattan cocktail with maraschino cherry

Reverse Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Course: Whiskey
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Reverse Manhattan
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Whiskey-forward twist with more vermouth than usual.


  • 1 oz Rye whiskey
  • 2 oz Sweet vermouth
  • Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish


  • In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine the sweet vermouth, rye whiskey, and a few dashes of Angostura bitters.
  • Stir the mixture thoroughly until it reaches a well-chilled state, ensuring the flavors meld beautifully.
  • Take a chilled cocktail glass and strain the concoction into it. The Reverse Manhattan is traditionally served "straight up," without ice.
  • For garnish, drop in a maraschino cherry to add a vibrant pop of color and a hint of complementary flavor.
  • If desired, feel free to explore other garnish options such as a twist of lemon or a sprig of fresh herbs to impart your unique twist to this timeless cocktail.
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Reverse Manhattan Cocktail
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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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