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 single batch Sidewinder California Straight Bourbon and Sidewinder Sweet Vermouth. Our Bourbon, which is high in rye, and our Sidewinder Sweet  vermouth combined make what we believe is the perfect Manhattan.


  • 2 oz Sidewinder Straight Bourbon (or a rye whiskey)
  • 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.