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Vermouth • Sweet
Reverse Manhattan

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If you know how to make a Manhattan, then you know how to make a Reverse Manhattan. Like the Reverse Martini, this switched-up classic simply swaps the proportions of sweet vermouth and rye in a standard Manhattan, creating a lighter, aperitif-like take on the original. Rye’s bold pepper and alcoholic bite is tamed by the higher measure of vermouth, but we suggest opting for a bigger, more vivacious brand like Carpano Antica to counteract the loss of flavor.

The Essentials

sweet vermouth
The Details


2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Rye Whiskey
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Orange Bitters


  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, and stir.
  • Strain into a lowball glass.
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Perfect Manhattan

There are those who consider the Manhattan a little sweet for their tastes. Enter the Perfect Manhattan—a recipe variation that calls for equal parts dry and sweet vermouth for a more balanced version of the classic cocktail. Though we believe Manhattans should always be made with rye, bourbon is also an acceptable option, especially in...