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Manhattans Take Over Chicago

Build your own Manhattan at LUXBAR

A Manhattan is a cocktail traditionally made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. In terms of whiskeys, the cocktail can use rye, Canadian whiskey, bourbon, blended whiskey, or Tennessee whiskey. Lest we forget, this classic drink is always garnished with a Maraschino cherry. Sound like your cup of whiskey? However you prefer your classic cocktail, have it your way at LUXBAR {18 East Bellevue Place, Chicago; 312.642.3400}

Introducing the “Build Your Own Manhattan” select from an extensive selection of rye whiskeys, vermouths, and bitters, to create a customized cocktail all your own!

Steve Gleich, bartender at LUXBAR, explains more about the cocktail itself and gives us some tips for making it deliciously personalized.

DiningOut: Why is the Manhattan the perfect fall drink?

Steve Gleich: The Manhattan is perfect for fall. The vermouth adds a sweet allspice/clove flavor while the bitters add an herbal aromatic.

People are very precise on how they prefer their Manhattan. What do you think it says about you?

How you make your Manhattan is based on your palate preferences. Personally, I like a bolder and more bitter flavor, so I use a higher proof spicy rye, bitter vermouth, and classic angostura bitters.


What are ways to add sweetness to the drink?

If you want a sweeter Manhattan, start off with using bourbon as your base spirt. For your vermouth, you’re going to want to use a fruit or floral-forward selection. I like using lillet rouge (a French aperitif wine) or bornal; I prefer Bittercube Cherry Vanilla Bark.

What foods would you pair with a Manhattan?

They go great with savory foods like pork belly and steak!

What are some other fun cocktails we should try this fall?

Look out for our flips (whole egg drinks), cold brew cocktails, and anything with Cynar in it.

By Kaleigh Glaza | Online Editor