While the Martini may lay some claim to the Manhattan’s namesake island, there’s nothing quite like sipping a Manhattan — with or without the skyline.

Made with sweet vermouth and a dash (or two) of Angostura bitters, many don’t realize that the cocktail’s base is always a strong, dazzling rye. If you’re new to the cocktail – or rye whiskey – then worry not. There’s no better way to do a little rye research and development than by getting your Manhattan mixing down, and we’ve got everything you’ll need to practice.

Of course, the first step is choosing the right rye whiskey. To lay claim to the name, a true rye whiskey has to have a mash bill that’s made up of at least 51 percent rye. From there, picking the right brand is a matter of finding a liquid with all the right spice, that steers a little less sweet than the flavors in your average bourbon.

Remember too, that because this cocktail stretches on without any sweetener, the Manhattan really only gets its sweetness from sweet vermouth. To ensure your Manhattan is ready for the limelight, try to find sweet vermouth that is made with red grapes and infused with your favorite spices.

The best Manhattan glasses

From there, it’s just a matter of buying a bottle of Angostura bitters, and finding the right glassware for serving. When mixing up this nightcap, we always reach for these Manhattan glasses because they’ll give your carefully constructed cocktail the respect it deserves.

Not only were these glasses designed specifically for Manhattans, but their heavy base means you’ll never have to worry about knocking one over under mood lighting. Each set comes with two glasses made from lead-free crystal, that can hold up to seven ounces each. Entirely dishwasher safe, you’ll never have to worry about clean-up, and can take the proper time to focus on your craft.

Read on for the best Manhattan recipe, and how to garnish it below.

The Best Manhattan Recipe

The Manhattan is one of the most popular and essential whiskey cocktails.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ oz Rye
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir.
  3. Strain into chilled crystal Manhattan glasses
  4. Garnish with a cherry and enjoy.