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Manhattan Recipe Cocktail - He Spoke Style
Manhattan Recipe Cocktail - He Spoke Style

Perfect Manhattan

October 30th, 2014

To make a perfect Manhattan you need two basic ingredients: rye and sweet vermouth. Combine them in a 2:1 ratio with a couple dashes of bitters and you’re done. To make a Perfect Manhattan you need three ingredients: rye, sweet Italian vermouth and dry French vermouth. Keep the ratio the same, but split the vermouths. Why is it called a Perfect Manhattan? That I’m not sure about, but here’s how I make my Perfect Manhattan.

Perfect Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

2 oz. rye
.5 oz. Italian sweet vermouth
.5 oz. French dry vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Lemon peel for garnish

Combine the rye, sweet and dry vermouth, and bitters in a mixing glass. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lemon peel.

There was a time not too long ago, when rye wasn’t as readily available as it is today. As a result, it wasn’t uncommon to find Manhattans being made with bourbon. These days, there are a proliferation of ryes on the market so there’s no excuse for making one that’s not authentic. Among my favorites are Old Overholt, Bulleit, Rittenhouse, and one indigenous to Baltimore, Pikesville Rye. I’m currently on a quest for a bottle of Willet Family Estate 2 Year, but I’m not sure I’ll be mixing it if and when I find it.

Thanks for reading. And cheers!

Stylishly Yours,

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Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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