You’ve probably heard and have tried the Manhattan cocktail, right? Well, while the Manhattan cocktail reigns supreme, bartenders have found new and creative ways to spice up this classic cocktail. Today we’ll talk about the perfect brandy Manhattan.
This cocktail is a variation of the Perfect Manhattan, and yes it is the actual name of the cocktail. The Manhattan is made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters. The Perfect Manhattan is made with rye whiskey, a blend of sweet and dry vermouth, and bitters.
But if you substitute the rye whiskey with brandy, you will get the Perfect Brandy Manhattan. Using brandy instead of rye whiskey gives the cocktail a very noticeable flavor complemented by the dry vermouth, reducing it in sweetness.
The exact recipe will depend on the mixologist who makes it. But if you are a fan of this classic cocktail, you can experiment with the ingredients, namely with the dry and sweet vermouth proportions. If you like to stick to recipes, we suggest you follow the 2:1 proportion, where you put two parts brandy and one part blend of sweet and dry vermouth.
Here is the Perfect Brandy Manhattan cocktail recipe:
- 2 oz brandy
- 0.5 oz sweet vermouth
- 0.5 oz dry vermouth
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
- Maraschino cherry for garnish
Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a maraschino cherry and serve. A note: you can use any type of brandy that tastes good to you, as there is no strict rule of the brandy used in the Perfect Brandy Manhattan cocktail.
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