The Manhattan, that three-part libation composed of whisky, vermouth, and bitters, is a ‘go-to’ cocktail for many.

The traditional Manhattan calls for rye and sweet vermouth, although bourbon is sometimes substituted for a sweeter cocktail. The ‘Perfect’ Manhattan calls for a fifty-fifty blend of sweet and dry vermouth for a slightly drier feel.

This is a recipe for the Sidewinder Manhattan, named because we call for our Sidewinder Sweet Vermouth. Sidewinder is a new style of vermouth – complex, clean, and fragrant. It is a rare vermouth worth enjoying on its own.


  • 2 oz rye whisky
  • 1 oz Sidewinder sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Luxardo cherry or slice of dried orange for garnish


To a mixing glass, add the whisky, vermouth, and bitters. Fill with ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add garnish and serve.