The Manhattan

You’ve probably spent a large chunk of the summer cast away on some Iberian island, slurping dreadfully sweet cocktails made with inferior ingredients convincing yourself that this is the life.

No! It’s time to get back to a quality, sophisticated drink and there’s few better than this basic, classic cocktail. Reputedly invented for Winston Churchill’s mummy at the Manhattan club at the end of the 19th Century, this awesome tipple mixes bourbon and vermouth with a hint of bitters.


  • 2.5 shots of bourbon
  • 1 dash of old-fashioned bitters
  • 1 shot of sweet vermouth


  • Put lots of ice into a shaker
  • Add the bourbon, vermouth and bitters
  • Shake well
  • Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with a cherry