Rum Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

When it comes to dark rum cocktails, Tiki drinks spring to mind with their exotic visual presentation and fruity flavours that take your palate to a tropical paradise.

Rum Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Rum cocktails can also take the form of stirred drinks served up, such as the Rum Manhattan, a rich and elegant twist on a classic. A Manhattan is made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. In this version, the whiskey is substituted with Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum.

Appleton Estate has recently rebranded its products and the Appleton Estate Signature Blend, previously known as Appleton VX remains a good choice for mixed drinks and cocktails such as the Jamaican Mule. Appleton Estate Reserve Blend has replaced Appleton 8 yo rum and now consists of a blend of rums aged between between 6.5 to 9 years old. Appleton Estate 12 yo is suited to stirred drinks while the drier and oak-forward Appleton 21 yo is best left for sipping neat.

The Rum Manhattan cocktail enhances the orange notes of the Appleton Reserve Blend and gives a delicious stirred drink that is easily made at home using three ingredients.

Rum Manhattan Cocktail Recipe


  • 60 ml Appleton Estate Reserve Blend
  • 30 ml sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes of orange bitters

Garnish: Maraschino cherry or orange twist
Glassware: cocktail glass


Half fill a mixing glass with ice and add the rum, vermouth, and bitters. Stir well for about 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a Maraschino cherry or orange twist.

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Rum Manhattan Cocktail Recipe was last modified: December 24th, 2015 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.