So, as I said in my first post about Manhattans, there are lots of ways to make them. Irish, Scottish, Canadian, Tennessee, or Bourbon whiskey? On the rocks or up? Martini glass or rocks glass? Which type of bitters? How much vermouth? Do you add dry vermouth? What about cherries? With or without? Do you use the juice?

For someone searching for their perfect Manhattans, there are a plethora of choices with no clear winner except personal taste.

Like I wrote about in my last blog post, I was a Manhattan Perfect perfectionist up in a martini glass without cherries. However, after making the Brandied Cherries, and going to the Borough and having Liz make me a Manhattan or 2, I have a new great way to drink them.

Cherry Juiced Manhattans

3 oz Bourbon Whiskey

1 oz Cherry Juice from Brandied Cherries

1 oz Dry Vermouth

3 drops Angostura Bitters

Mix all ingredients in a rocks glass with ice. Stir with a bar spoon. Top with two brandied cherries. Drink and enjoy.


This drink is clearly a double.

Like I’ve written about I think Maraschino cherries are poison. I think they’re gross. If I wanted to put something that fake and red next my lips, I would make out with a prostitute. They don’t look like cherries.

By making your own brandied cherries at home, you’ll have cherries that look real and taste great. You can then use the liquid that from the brandied cherries to use as a liqueur for this drink. By adding the cherry juice and changing the proportions, it becomes a different drink that is more Americanized but harmonious in flavor. I really like this version of a Manhattan. It may not be a Manhattan Perfect, but it’s perfect in its own right.


750 mL bottle of Jim Bean: $15.00

Sweet Vermouth: $8

Brandied Cherries: $8

Total Cost: $31

Cost per Drink:

Jim Beam Bourbon: $1.80

Sweet Vermouth: $0.32

Brandied Cherries: $1.00

Total cost per drink: $3.12

As always, happy and safe drinking