The Sweet and Refreshing Makers Manhattan

Welcome to the world of Maker's Manhattan! This classic cocktail is a true delight, balancing sweetness and strength with a hint of citrus. Its origins are steeped in history, as it is said to have been invented by Dr. Iain Marshall for a party hosted by Lady Randolph Churchill in the early 1880s.

Today, Maker's Manhattan can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, but no matter how you choose to drink it, one thing is certain – this special cocktail will never get old!

When it comes to the ingredients, Maker's Mark is the star of the show – its sweet aroma and hints of caramel and vanilla are simply irresistible. Of course, you can enjoy this delicious bourbon neat or over ice however we suggest limiting yourself to one after dinner as more of a dessert drink than an aperitif. For those that like their on the rocks, just remember to use only one or two cubes as too much ice can ruin its subtle flavor profile.

To make your own Maker's Manhattan at home all you need is three simple ingredients: 2 ounces Maker's Mark Bourbon , one ounce sweet and two dashes Angostura bitters. Simply pour all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes and stir well untl chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orange twist for extra flavor.

So why not treat yourself tonight? A delicious Maker's Manhattan will be sure to hit the spot! Cheers!

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Calorie Count of a Makers Mark Manhattan

A Makers Mark Manhattan contains 187 calories. While it can make an enjoyable aperitif, it's best to think of this drink as a dessert-style and limit yourself to one after dinner.

The Benefits of Makers for an Old Fashioned Cocktail

Maker's Mark® is a great choice for an Old Fashioned cocktail. With its sweet and strong flavor profile and hints of citrus, it adds a robust complexity to the classic drink. Its smooth finish adds depth while its unique flavor cuts through the other ingredients in the drink like sugar, bitters and whiskey. The result is a well-rounded flavor that will leave you wanting more.

Who Invented the Manhattan Cocktail?

The Manhattan cocktail was invented by Dr. Iain Marshall in the early 1880s for a party hosted by Lady Randolph Churchill, the mother of Winston Churchill. According to popular theory, Dr. Marshall was an -born physician who had moved to New York City and became a prominent figure in the city's social scene. He had been asked by Lady Randolph to create a special cocktail for her guests and he came up with the Manhattan. It is believed that he combined sweet Italian vermouth, whiskey or , Angostura bitters, and a cherry garnish to create the legendary drink. The Manhattan became an instant hit amng partygoers and was later adopted by many bars around the country. To this day, it remains one of the most popular cocktails in history.

Is Makers A High-Quality Brand?

Maker's Mark is not considered a top shelf whiskey. While it is of excellent quality, it does not belong in the top shelf category of whiskeys. Maker's Mark is more likely to be found in the mid-shelf category due to its moderately priced price point, making it accessible and affordable for many whiskey drinkers. However, the Maker's Mark Cask Strength is an exception, as this whiskey belongs in the top shelf category due to its higher proof and more intense flavor profile.


The Maker's Manhattan is a classic cocktail that remains popular to this day. Not only is it delicious, but also relatively low in calories – an added bonus. The best way to enjoy Maker's Mark® is to drink it neat or over just a couple of ice cubes. This will allow you to really appreciate its sweet aroma and subtle flavor profile. Whether you're enjoying it as an aperitif or dessert drink, the Maker's Manhattan is sure to be enjoyed by all.

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Thomas Ashford

Thomas Ashford is a highly educated brewer with years of experience in the industry. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and a Master Degree in Brewing Science. He is also BJCP Certified Beer Judge. Tom has worked hard to become one of the most experienced brewers in the industry. He has experience monitoring brewhouse and cellaring operations, coordinating brewhouse projects, and optimizing brewery operations for maximum efficiency. He is also familiar mixology and an experienced sommelier. Tom is an expert organizer of beer festivals, wine tastings, and brewery tours.