Bourbon and Grand Marnier are a magical combo, complimenting one another and elevating the Classic Manhattan Cocktail to a whole new level. Tweaking the ingredients of the Manhattan cocktail recipe, the addition of orange bitters and Grand Marnier take the drink in a completely different direction. Orange and bourbon just work together so well, it’s hard not to love my Grand Manhattan Cocktail recipe.
What are the Classic Manhattan Cocktails ingredients?
The Manhattan drink is a strong, slightly bitter cocktail with herbal undertones and has various forms, the Manhattan Dry, the Manhattan Sweet, and the Perfect Manhattan. Traditionally, all of the Manhattan variations were made with Rye Whiskey, however, it is not unusual to use Bourbon or Canadian Whiskey. Using Scotch Whisky changes the cocktail, resulting in a Rob Roy rather than a Manhattan.
- Manhattan Dry is served in a Martini glass with an orange twist it’s made with Noilly Prat Extra Dry Vermouth
- Manhattan Sweet is also served in a Martini glass with an orange twist it’s made with Martini Rosso Sweet Vermouth
- Perfect Manhattan uses a combination of both Noilly Prat Extra Dry Vermouth and Martini Rosso Sweet Vermouth
Manhattan vs The Old Fashioned?
Very similar ingredients in these two classic cocktails. The Manhattan is sweetened only with Vermouth and the Old Fashioned is sweetened with either simple syrup or a sugar cube muddled with the bitters. Service is also different, The Manhattan is served ‘UP’ in a martini glass or coupe while the Old Fashioned is served in an Old Fashioned glass (a heavy-bottomed tumbler) on the rocks.
Elegant and sophisticated the Grand Manhattan Cocktail recipe is slightly sweeter than a classic Manhattan but not as sweet as an Old Fashioned. Don’t get me wrong, for me, the perfect Manhattan recipe is hard to beat, it’s a great drink that has been around for ages, and for good reason. However, my Grand Manhattan Cocktail recipe is the go-to when I want a great cocktail and I don’t want to jump through hoops to make one. Quick and easy to make, and equally easy to drink.
Here is my Grand Manhattan recipe:
- Cocktail Shaker
- 1 1/2 Ounces Grand Marnier
- 1 1/2 Ounces Bourbon
- 1/2 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
- 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 Dash Orange Bitters
- 3 Brandied Cherries Luxardo
- 1 Orange Peel
- Place all ingredients in a shaker over ice, stir until ice cold
- Pour into a chilled coupe or Martini glass
- Garnish with brandied cherries and orange peel