The Almost Perfect Manhattan May 01 2015


The Almost Perfect Manhattan

Mixing a Classic Manhattan is simple—almost too simple. A 2:1 ratio of rye whiskey to sweet vermouth; a dash of bitters; a cocktail cherry. And that’s it. Pretty easy for one of the most popular classic cocktails in the world.

A simple twist to the Classic Manhattan is the Perfect Manhattan which uses equal parts sweet vermouth and dry vermouth to dial back the sweetness, while maintaining the 2:1 whisky to vermouth ratio.  

But here at ReJigger HQ, we have our own spin on the Perfect Manhattan.  Last week, we talked about why bartenders are getting excited about mixing drinks with vermouth—the aromatised, fortified wine that goes into both manhattans and martinis.

The Almost Perfect Manhattan hops on this trend by adding a second dose of dry vermouth to the usual sweet. The result? A smoother  take on the classic drink that will still make you feel like Don Draper when you drink it.  We call it the Almost Perfect Manhattan, although depending who you ask, it might also be called the More Perfect Manhattan.


Large compartment - rye whiskey
Medium compartment - sweet vermouth
Small compartment - dry vermouth

Two dashes of Angostura bitters (optional)
Cocktail cherry for garnish (optional)

Pour the Rejigger contents into a pint glass along with ice and two dashes of Angostura bitters. Shake or swirl, then strain into a cocktail glass. Add a cherry for garnish if desired.  Works equally well with bourbon and any of your favorite bitters.