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This perfect brandy manhattan recipe is a variation of a classic. Use brandy and both sweet and dry vermouths for a "perfect" brandy cocktail.

Perfect Brandy Manhattan

Manhattan taste test! Make a dry manhattan (left) with dry vermouth, a classic (right) with sweet vermouth, and a perfect manhattan (middle) using both. Which do you prefer?

Brandy Manhattan Ingredients

Brandy Dry vermouth Sweet vermouth Angostura bitters Garnish with a cherry or two.

In an old fashioned, the liquor is sweetened with a sugar cube or syrup. In the classic manhattan, it's sweetened with sweet vermouth.

What's the difference between a manhattan and old-fashioned?

Whiskey is made from fermented grains. Brandy is distilled liquor from grapes or other fruit (eg apples for Calvados or cherries). Armagnac, grappa, and pisco are brandies.

Brandy vs whiskey?

The sidecar (pictured here) and Brandy Alexander are two of the most popular brandy cocktails.

What other cocktails are made with brandy?

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