This Maraschino Cherry Infused Manhattan Cocktail is perfect for any holiday dinner, holiday party or just a cozy date night in. Made without food coloring.
If you are a Bourbon or Whiskey drinker, you are most likely familiar with what is known as a Manhattan cocktail. Growing up, my parents were really into Scotch (particularly Johnnie Walker Blue Label) and occasionally indulged in other types of Whiskey.
The first time I have tasted a scotch on the rocks, I nearly threw up. It was just so strong. I sort of wrote off Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch and stuck to Wine and clear alcohol (like Gin, Vodka, and Tequila).
Then one holiday season, I went to a dinner party and tasted the most fabulous Manhattan. It was smooth, balanced, had a hint of both cherry and orange and shaken until perfectly chilled. It was then that I began exploring high-quality Bourbon and decided to give the entire category a fresh look with an open mind.
Enter this cherry-infused Manhattan cocktail! I developed this for a dinner party we hosted where I knew we had a bunch of Bourbon lovers. It’s a simple cocktail but has such a fantastic flavor thanks to the dye-free maraschino cherry juice, bitters, and fresh orange.
Make this for your next holiday event or dinner party and you will be sure to impress!
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This cherry juice infused Manhattan cocktail is perfect for any holiday party or just a cozy date night in. Made with dye-free cherries and bourbon.
- 50 ml Bourbon Whiskey high-quality
- 1 Tablespoon dye-free Maraschino cherry juice
- 1/2 ounce sweet red vermouth
- 4 drops Bitters
- 1 slice navel orange
- 5 maraschino cherries for garnish
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT slice navel orange and whole cherries in a shaker filled with ice. Cover and shake for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice, garnish with orange twist and cherries. Serve and Enjoy!
- Dye-Free Cherries are becoming easier and easier to find at stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Natural Grocers and more. If you have a tough time, they are available for a bit more online.
- You can make a large batch of this cocktail ahead of time (a few hours) and then shake over ice and top with garnishes to serve.
UPDATE NOTES: This recipe was originally published in October 2018 and was updated in October 2019 with edited photos, more text, and better instructions.