Can you order a Manhattan up?

Answered by Arthur Reyes

When it comes to ordering a Manhattan, you do have the option of ordering it “up.” This means that the cocktail will be prepared without ice and served in a chilled glass. Ordering a drink “up” is a common practice in the world of and allows you to enjoy the flavors of the drink without dilution from melting ice.

As a sommelier and brewer, I have had the opportunity to experiment with various cocktail recipes and techniques. Ordering a Manhattan up is a preference that some patrons have, as it creates a different drinking experience compared to having the drink on the rocks.

The process of ordering a Manhattan up is quite simple. You would typically start by specifying that you would like a Manhattan, and then request it to be served without ice. The bartender will then prepare the drink by mixing the ingredients, typically , sweet , and bitters, in a mixing glass with ice. After the ingredients are properly mixed and chilled, the bartender strains the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass, ensuring that no ice makes its way into the final product.

Ordering a Manhattan up allows you to appreciate the flavors and aromas of the cocktail in a different way. Without the presence of ice, the drink is served at a slightly cooler temperature, enhancing the nuances of the ingredients. It also provides a smoother and more concentrated taste, as there is no dilution from melting ice.

I remember a time when I ordered a Manhattan up at a trendy cocktail bar. The bartender carefully mixed the ingredients, using high-quality whiskey and vermouth. I watched as he skillfully strained the drink into a chilled martini glass, ensuring its presentation was as elegant as its taste. The Manhattan appeared golden and enticing, with a subtle garnish of a cherry. Sipping it without the interference of ice was a delightful experience, allowing me to fully appreciate the rich flavors and velvety texture of the cocktail.

Ordering a Manhattan up is indeed possible. By requesting the drink without ice, you can enjoy a cocktail that is served in a chilled glass, allowing for a more concentrated and flavorful drinking experience. Whether you prefer your Manhattan on the rocks or up, it ultimately comes down to personal preference and the desired taste and presentation of the drink.