Patrick's Blood Orange Rye Manhattan Recipe

It's Wednesday, which means that you made it through half the work week. It's time to celebrate hump day with a classy mixed drink. The orange bitters in this recipe gives the drink a nice sweet & citric twist. The Manhattan tastes bold, smooth, and relaxing, almost like a gentle but deep massage. You may find some Manhattan recipes made with bourbon but rye is the traditional component used.

Once consumed it will make you feel like there's no worry in the world. It's the kind of drink that will make you feel really, really, good. I swear, I won't steer you the wrong way :). Having my own personal bartender (aka husband) is a wonderful thing - and he doesn't charge extra when I need the drink to be a little bit stronger. 


Patrick's Blood Orange Rye Manhattan Recipe

Serves 2 people


  • 4 oz rye whiskey (we use Rittenhouse 100 proof)
  • 2 oz sweet vermouth (we use Carpano Antica)
  • 6 dashes blood orange bitters
  • 4 homemade brandied cherries (or store bought)  


Combine rye, vermouth, and bitters in a shaker glass with a handful of ice and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or a rocks glass with a few cubes. Garnish with a couple cherries.


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