When talking about finding the perfect pairing between beverage and a cigar, there are very few drinks that are mentioned more than the Manhattan. 

However, this week, we’re really honing-in on the word “perfect,” because we’re going to show you how to make a perfect Manhattan. The combination of sweet and dry vermouths, with the backbone of bourbon, makes for quite a silky smooth combination when paired with your favorite cigar.

Oh, and in case you’re not sure of the best cigars to pair with your Perfect Manhattan, we’ve listed some of the Cigar World team’s favorites. 

The Perfect Manhattan ingredients

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • ½ oz. sweet vermouth
  • ½ oz. dry vermouth
  • 1-2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Maraschino cherries

Step #1.

In a cocktail shaker or mixing glass filled with ice, pour whiskey, sweet vermouth, and dry vermouth, and add a couple dashes of bitters.

Step #2.

Stir well for at least 30 seconds.

Step #3.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Step #4.

Garnish with a maraschino cherry. Serve and enjoy.

Top 3 cigars to pair with a Perfect Manhattan

Alec Bradley Gatekeeper

A luscious Ecuadorian Habano wrapper tops off Gatekeeper for a rich profile that’s accentuated by notes of cedar, nuts, and leather. An absolute treat paired with a Perfect Manhattan.

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La Gloria Cubana Serie R

Serie R delivers an amazing spiciness and powerful, yet refined flavor that seems to pair well, perfectly, with the Perfect Manhattan. 

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Rocky Patel Vintage 90

Flawlessly-constructed and charmingly-balanced, Vintage 90 gives way to delightful notes of spice, cocoa, and wood with a floral finish. Probably my favorite pairing with the Perfect Manhattan.

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    (24 months ago)

    Excellent pairing.

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    (24 months ago)

    Def, a great choice to pair with the Serie R. Really brings out the flavors in both.

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    (24 months ago)

    A #LostArt