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The Perfect Manhattan with American Woman

The American Woman Bourbon with its complex and robust flavor profile, is an excellent choice for crafting a Manhattan cocktail, perfectly balancing the sweetness of vermouth and the bitterness of bitters.

Crafting a flawless Manhattan cocktail requires a delicate balance of flavors, and the American Woman 92 Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a fantastic option for this process. 

The bourbon’s complex and robust taste profile pairs beautifully with the sweetness of vermouth and helps to even out the bitterness of the cocktail, resulting in a harmonious blend of flavors.

The Perfect Manhattan

Step-by-Step Guide


  • 2 oz American Woman 92 Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Maraschino cherry or orange peel for garnish


  • Mixing glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Strainer
  • Chilled martini glass or coupe


  1. Chill the Glass: Begin by placing your martini glass or coupe in the freezer to chill. A cold glass will enhance the drinking experience.
  2. Combine Ingredients: In a mixing glass, pour 2 ounces of American Woman 92 Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The bourbon’s rich corn mash bill and aging in unique 100-year-old forest oak barrels impart a robust and deep flavor, perfect for a Manhattan.
  3. Add Vermouth: Follow with 1 ounce of sweet vermouth. The vermouth’s sweetness complements the strong and mature flavors of the bourbon, creating a harmonious balance.
  4. Bitters for Balance: Add 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters. Bitters add complexity and depth, enhancing the whiskey’s inherent flavors.
  5. Stir, Don’t Shake: Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir gently for about 30 seconds. Stirring is crucial as it chills the drink while maintaining its clarity and texture, without overly diluting the bold flavors of the American Woman 92 Proof.
  6. Strain and Serve: Strain the cocktail into your chilled glass. The smooth, rich blend of the bourbon with vermouth and bitters should have a clear, inviting appearance.
  7. Garnish: Garnish with a maraschino cherry or a twist of orange peel. The garnish adds a final touch of aroma and flavor that complements the bourbon’s rich profile.
  8. Enjoy: Savor your perfectly crafted Manhattan, a cocktail that not only tastes exquisite but also carries the distinctive character of American Woman.
Manhattan Cocktail

Final Tips

When mixing a Manhattan with American Woman 92 Proof, consider the following tips:

  • Proportions: The classic Manhattan recipe calls for 2 parts whiskey to 1 part sweet vermouth. This ratio can be adjusted slightly to highlight the bourbon’s unique characteristics.
  • Garnish Wisely: A cherry or a twist of orange peel can add an extra layer of aroma and taste, enhancing the bourbon’s complexity.
  • Vermouth Variations: Experiment with different brands or types of vermouth to see how they interact with the bourbon’s rich flavors.
  • Bitters and Beyond: Classic Angostura bitters are a staple, but trying orange bitters or other artisanal varieties can add an interesting twist.

The Manhattan cocktail is an emblem of elegance and refinement, and the choice of bourbon can significantly influence its taste. American Woman 92 Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey, with its unique aging process and rich flavor profile, presents a distinct twist on this timeless cocktail.