Epic Manhattan Cocktail Recipe: Bada Bing Cherries Add Extra Zing to This Classic Manhattan Cocktail Recipe by Elisa Schmitz

3 years ago

Epic Manhattan Cocktail Recipe: Bada Bing Cherries Add Extra Zing to This Classic Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

For happy hour, sometimes you just need to kick it old school, like with a classic Manhattan cocktail. While there may be several versions of the history of the Manhattan, it’s pretty clear that this drink originated in Manhattan in the 1800s. And, it’s making a comeback!

Whether you’ve never tried a Manhattan cocktail or you’re already a fan, you’ll want to try this epic version that I recently made for my husband for happy hour. Typically, this drink is served with maraschino cherries, but I made it my own by using Bada Bing, and he was really happy.

You’ll need:

  • 1 full shot whiskey (I use Maker’s Mark bourbon whiskey) 
  • 1/2 shot sweet vermouth (I use Carpano Antica Formula) 
  • 1 - 2 dashes bitters (I use Peychaud’s
  • 1 - 2 Bada Bing cherries (I use Stonewall Kitchen
  • 1 large square or round ice cube (I got my giant ice cube trays via Amazon) 
  • orange or lemon peel (optional)

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice. 
  2. Add the whiskey, vermouth and bitters. For added flavor and color, I add a 1/2 teaspoon of Bada Bing cherry juice. Shake the mixture a few times to blend it. 
  3. If desired, rub the orange or lemon peel around the rim of a lowball glass. Put one large square or round ice cube into the glass and strain the drink over it. Add 1 or 2 Bada Bing cherries.

Makes one serving (though you may want to make many more). Cheers and enjoy!

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Donna John
Love a good Manhattan! I use Luxardo brand cherries, but will try your suggestion. They are addicting! Cheers, my friend.
Elisa Schmitz
I had a feeling you may enjoy this cocktail, Donna John ! Let Dieter Schmitz and I know how you like it. I'm going to try Luxardo cherries, thanks for the reco. And, next time you visit, I am serving you one for Happy Hour, my friend! :-) #cheers
Meredith Schneider
Oh wow Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds! This looks and sounds so refreshing! I have never had a Manhattan.. just might need to order one on our next date night.
Elisa Schmitz
I hope you will try one and that you like it, Meredith Schneider ! #cheers
Dieter Schmitz
And the real secret to a perfect Manhattan is to have Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds as your bartender! Lucky, Lucky Me!! 🍀
Elisa Schmitz
Aw, thank you Dieter Schmitz ! I'm the lucky one! xoxo
mmmm, wonderfull!!!
Remy Smith
You do not shake a Manhattan, it makes it a cloudy mess. Manhattans are gently stirred before pouring

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