How to Make the Reverse Manhattan

With reverse cocktails gaining popularity, we take a look at the Reverse Manhattan.

Reverse Manhattan

The Reverse Manhattan is one of the new ways of drinking vermouth. The recipe switches the ratio of rye whiskey to vermouth and yields a lower alcohol drink. It’s a lighter take on the original Manhattan and makes for a delicious cocktail that makes the sweet vermouth shine.

Always make sure you use fresh vermouth as it does go off once it’s been opened for some time, and store the bottle in the fridge.

The Reverse Manhattan is an easy, 3 ingredient cocktail that can be made at home and served to guests at a cocktail party or as a pre-dinner drink.

Reverse Manhattan Recipe


  • 60ml sweet vermouth
  • 30ml rye whiskey
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Glassware: chilled coupette
Garnish: Maraschino cherry


In an ice filled mixing glass, stir vermouth, rye whiskey and Angostura bitters. Strain into a chilled coupette and garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

You may also like other Reverse Cocktails: Reverse Rob Roy, Reverse Vesper Martini

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How to Make the Reverse Manhattan was last modified: January 13th, 2017 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.