Easy Brandy Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

This Brandy Manhattan cocktail has a complex flavor with a hint of fruitiness from the vermouth. We’re switching up a classic Manhattan and adding a bit of sweetness by using brandy instead of whiskey.

pictured is a brandy manhattan. It is a brown liquid drink with two cherries on it. With a bottle of brandy in the top right and cherries in a bowl on the righ

What makes this Brandy Manhattan so good?

  • This is a fun, elevated twist on the original Manhattan, but we think it’s even better than the original.
  • With minimal ingredients, this Brandy Manhattan is easy to adjust the ratio to suit your taste buds! 
  • The combination of flavors in this easy cocktail recipe makes this a reader favorite cocktail.

If you have any questions, please leave us a comment below and we will get back to you.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Brandy: We’re using brandy in this Manhattan! While this isn’t traditional, brandy is a bit sweeter and more floral than bourbon and it does wonderfully in this cocktail. It gives this simple cocktail a much different flavor than if you were to use whiskey. Plus, we love the smooth taste of brandy.
  • Sweet vermouth: Sweet vermouth (red vermouth) adds a bitter fruitiness to the Manhattan.
  • Angostura Bitters: Angostura bitters add warmth and spice notes, as well as an earthy flavor, to the Manhattan. A dash of bitters is a must.
  • Maraschino Cherry or Luxardo cherries: For a classic garnish.
pictured is a brandy manhattan. It is a brown liquid drink with two cherries on it. With a bottle of brandy in the top right and cherries in a bowl on the right

Tips and Tricks for this Brandy Manhattan

  • Don’t have brandy on hand? Feel free to swap it out for bourbon or rye in this original recipe.
  • If you don’t have it or you can’t find it at your local liquor store, try changing up the angostura bitters and using orange or cardamom bitters instead.
  • Using Dry vermouth is very important as stale vermouth tends to taste a bit more sour.
  • If you prefer this classic recipe on the sweeter side, you could add a dash of simple syrup to sweeten in up a little.
  • If you don’t have a cocktail shaker you can use a jar with a lid, and a strainer to make this classic cocktail recipe.

You can serve this perfect brandy Manhattan recipe in any mixing glass you like, but we recommend a martini glass. The step-by-step directions are in the recipe card below.

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pictured is a brandy manhattan. It is a brown liquid drink with two cherries on it. With a bottle of brandy in the top right and cherries in a bowl on the righ

Easy Brandy Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Brandy Manhattan cocktail has a complex flavor with a hint of fruitiness from the vermouth and herbaceousness from the bitters. We’re switching up a classic manhattan and adding a bit of sweetness by using brandy instead of whiskey.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces brandy
  • ½ ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Maraschino or Luxardo cherry, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker (or mixing glass) with ice. Add the brandy, vermouth, and bitters. brown liquid being poured into a glass
  2.  Gently stir to chill– about 10 seconds. brown liquid and ice cubes being stirred
  3. Strain the cocktail into a martini or coupe glass and garnish with a cherry. Enjoy immediately. brown liquid being strained from a mixer into a glass

Notes

Variations 

  • Don’t have brandy on hand? Feel free to swap it out for bourbon or rye! 
  • Try changing up the angostura bitters and using orange or cardamom bitters instead. 

Ingredient Notes 

  • We’re using brandy in this manhattan! While this isn’t traditional, brandy is a bit sweeter and more floral than bourbon and it does wonderfully in this cocktail. 
  • Sweet vermouth (red vermouth) adds a bitter fruitiness to the manhattan. Using fresh vermouth is very important as stale vermouth tends to taste a bit more sour. 
  • Angostura bitters add warmth and spice notes, as well as an earthy flavor, to the manhattan.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

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