Thomas’ Manhattan

Dec 21, 2021 | Drinks, Food

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today on the blog is Thomas’ Manhattan!  The night we put up our tree, we tried a few drink recipes like our Mudslide Cocktail and this one which I’m lovingly calling it Thomas’ Manhattan.  There were two verdicts…mine and Mr. TAL’s…and he loved it.  Me?  Not so much but that’s ok because I’m posting it for all the martini lovers out there.  With the holidays here, I’m sure we are all ready for a drink or two so I hope you enjoy this post.  If you decide to try this recipe, don’t forget to give it a rating as Google sees my post as legitimate and helps rank me higher in searches.
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There are so many Manhattan recipes out there to try but some key pieces of any ingredient should be:

-the glass is cold (chilled in the freezer for a few minutes)
-the drink should be served cold
-the best glass is one with a stem so that your hands don’t warm the glass
-add cherry juice to your Manhattan and be liberal with the juice
-you can use a different Maraschino cherry (dark or light)
-there are different brands of sweet Vermouth which may give you a different taste
-there are different brands of whiskey which can also give you a different taste.  Bulleit Rye is another common whisky that is used.  Or you can use Whistle Pig 100% rye, dry and spicy, pepper and subtle cinnamon.

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As with any recipe, it is fun to experience with different types and name brands which helps you to figure out what you like and don’t like.  This is a very heavy alcohol drink.  Mr. TAL’s advice is to put some time in between taste testing your various recipes :-).

A great recourse on How To Make The Perfect Manhattan –


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Looking for more drink or coffee recipes to enjoy over the holidays, try my previous recipes here:

Fruity Fall Party Punch

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Berry Wine Spritzer

Although I do not like Whisky, Thomas’ Manhattan has a delicious smell and combined with these dehydrated oranges I had just made, the kitchen smelled of cinnamon spices.  Fruit is a great way to add color to your drinks.  I used these oranges for a craft project but slicing one and adding it to a drink would be fun as well.  Interested in making dried oranges?  Just slice them, sprinkle with cinnamon, and dehydrate at 160 degrees for 4 hours.  Dehydrated fruit can be used to add decor to a tree, table setting, gift wrap, craft projects, drinks, or in a bowl with other nuts and fruits as potpourri.  


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Thomas' Manhattan

Subtle hints of sweet, cinnamon, pepper, and rye.
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Author: Two Adorable Labs


  • toothpick(s)
  • 1 glass for mixing
  • 1 glass for drinking
  • Spoon


  • 2 oz Whistle Pig Rye 100% Proof Aged 10 Years
  • 1 oz Italian (sweet) Vermouth
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • 1 Maraschino cherry garnish


  • Add the Whistle Pig, vermouth, and bitters to a glass or shaker half-full of ice. Stir until very cold, about 40 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and spoon the cherry in.

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  1. Thomas Domitrovich

    We had allot of fun decorating the tree and enjoying creating this blog 🙂

    • Bobbi

      Yes we did!


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