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Pictured is a brandy manhattan. One glass full of orange and brown liquid with two cherries on stop. a bottle of brandy in the background with some cherries on a plate.

Brandy Manhattan

We’re switching up a classic manhattan and adding a bit of sweetness by using brandy instead of whiskey. This Brandy Manhattan cocktail has a complex flavor with a hint of fruitiness from the vermouth and herbaceousness from the bitters.
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Keyword Brandy Manhattan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 servings
Calories 140kcal
Author Cindy Gordon | Vegetarian Mamma


  • 2 oz Brandy
  • ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Maraschino or Luxardo Cherry optional garnish


  • Fill a cocktail shaker (or mixing glass) with ice. Add the brandy, vermouth, and bitters.
    Hand pouring brown liquid into glass
  • Gently stir to chill– about 10 seconds.
    Hand stirring glass with brown liquid
  • Strain the cocktail into a martini or coupe glass and garnish with a cherry. Enjoy immediately.
    hand pouring brown liquid from a strainer into a glass, brandy bottle in back right


  • 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.


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 0.3g | Iron: 0.02mg