Winter Manhattan Cocktail

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Two hands clinking together Winter Manhattan cocktails

When the snow starts falling, let our easy Winter Manhattan Cocktail remind you of all the best bits of the festive season. Also known as a Christmas Manhattan Cocktail, this chilled bourbon drink is guaranteed to warm you from the inside out. With cozy caramel and apple notes that taste like a dessert in a glass, it’s no wonder this bourbon cocktail has become a popular pour over Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays. Best enjoyed fireside, while the turkey’s roasting in the oven and the Christmas tunes are playing.



Choose a rich, full-bodied whiskey with warm and spicy notes.


Use a high-quality sweet vermouth that complements the flavors of the whiskey.


Stir the cocktail gently with ice to maintain the silky texture and preserve the flavors of the whiskey.



1 Person

1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Sour apple liqueur
0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Lemon peel twist to garnish



Pour all ingredients into a mason jar or cocktail shaker and fill with ice


Stir until completely chilled


Strain into chilled cocktail or martini glass


Garnish with a twist of lemon and enjoy

What is the Winter Manhattan Cocktail?

This wintery spin on the much-loved classic is a fantastic holiday Manhattan Cocktail to enjoy with family and friends. The Winter Manhattan Cocktail recipe is carbon copy of a classic best Manhattan Cocktail recipe with whiskey and vermouth but with an apple twist in the form of sour apple liqueur.

If you are wondering where this holiday Manhattan Cocktail originated, the specifics are a bit blurry. We like to think it was shaken up in a warm kitchen at Thanksgiving to match the warm aromas of apple pies baking in the oven.

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The magic ingredients for a Winter Manhattan Cocktail

Although a Winter Manhattan may sound oh-so-sophisticated, it’s much easier than you think to make! Choosing your whiskey is the hardest part but we’ll make it simple for you: choose a good quality one like Wild Turkey Rye for its vanilla and spice notes. This rich bourbon pairs perfectly with a premium sweet vermouth like a Cinzano Rosso or 1757® Vermouth di Torino Rosso, which brings tasty black cherry and caramel into the mix. The cocktail is rounded off with a tart and sour apple liqueur, bringing together all of the festive flavors into one glass.

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Absolutely, Manhattans are served icy cold. The ingredients should be stirred until cold over ice before straining into a well-chilled cocktail glass.

The OG classic Manhattan is two parts whiskey, normally rye but sometimes bourbon, poured with one part sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters. The "Perfect Manhattan" is almost exactly the same but has a vermouth twist; the vermouth is split equally with a dry vermouth and a sweet vermouth.

Oh, where do we start? There are so many to choose from, obviously any Manhattan cocktail is great for colder weather with the warming notes of whiskey. Check out our Easy Winter Cocktails if you’re hosting a crowd or discover the best Hot Rum Cocktails for cozy mug cocktails. We also love the Mexican Hot Chocolate and, of course, the Ultimate Hot Toddy.

When winter cold is biting and you want to snuggle up by the fire curled up with a cozy cocktail, we recommend rum, whiskey or brandy-based drinks for ultimate fireside vibes. These spirits make delicious cocktails that you can serve warm or chilled, and their caramel notes mimic those cozy festive flavors we love so much.