Manhattan classic daiquiri

Do you enjoy indulging yourself every now and again? We do. One of our favorite ways to treat ourselves is with a well-crafted cocktail. We love using fresh juices and herbs along with good spirits to make a memorable beverage. There’s something exciting about mixing just the right amount of this with the perfect amount of that to create a drink we can savor. And, because recipes are so precise, it’s easy to recreate, and even improve upon, your favorite drinks from restaurants at home for a fraction of the cost.


We’ve posted a few videos on Facebook of us crafting cocktails, and we’ve had quite a response. So, we thought we’d share recipes from our most recent cocktail hour so you can try them at home, as well. Cheers!

Manhattan cocktail recipe


how to make a Manhattan cocktail

What you’ll need:

  • 2 1/2 ounces Bourbon (we use Maker’s Mark)
  • 1 ounce sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Cocktail skewer or toothpick
  • Cocktail mixing glass (or a glass)
  • Strainer
  • Jigger or measuring cup
  • Ice
  • Cocktail spoon (or a regular teaspoon if you don’t have one)

Add 1 ounce of sweet vermouth, 2 dashes bitters, and 2 1/2 ounces Bourbon to a cocktail mixing glass. Fill with ice (preferably small pieces that are easier to stir than what comes out of most refrigerators, but refrigerator ice will work). Stir in same direction about 50 times around the glass. Strain liquid into highball glass with ice cube(s). Garnish with two (or three, or four) maraschino cherries on a cocktail skewer. Sit back, relax, and enjoy sipping.

Classic Daiquiri cocktail recipe


What you’ll need:

  • 2 ounces Rum
  • 3/4 ounces simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedge
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail (or martini) glass
  • Strainer
  • Small mesh strainer
  • Jigger or measuring cup
  • Ice

To the cocktail shaker, add the simple syrup, lime juice, and rum. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake for about 10 seconds. Remove the top of the shaker and using the cocktail strainer, pour the contents of the shaker through the mesh strainer (double strain) into the glass. Garnish with the lime wedge. Kick your feet up and enjoy!

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Do you enjoy crafting cocktails? Is there one you think we should try? Let us know in the comment section below.


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