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Prep/Total Time: 5 min.


1 serving

This Manhattan on the Rocks recipe makes a substantial drink. It can be served straight up in a chilled cocktail glass or over ice in a rocks glass. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces whiskey, bourbon or rye
  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 to 3 dashes bitters, optional
  • Maraschino cherry


  1. Fill a pint glass three-fourths full with ice. Add the whiskey, vermouth and bitters if desired; stir until well-chilled, 20-30 seconds. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass or an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Manhattan on the Rocks Tips

What is the difference between a Manhattan and an Old-fashioned?

While both drinks are similar, a Manhattan typically uses sweet vermouth while an Old-fashioned uses sugar or simple syrup. You might also find an Old-fashioned made with brandy, especially in Wisconsin!

Why don't you shake a Manhattan?

Shaking definitely has its place when making some cocktails—but not a Manhattan. First, there aren’t that many ingredients in this drink that need to be vigorously mixed. Second, you’ll add too much air to the drink, changing both its taste and appearance. Learn more about making classic cocktails.

What are some variations of a Manhattan on the rocks?

For starters, you can switch up your whiskey. Try using bourbon or a Tennessee whiskey. (By the way, this is the difference between whiskey and whisky). You could also use dry vermouth instead of sweet.

Katie Bandurski, Taste of Home Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 151 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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