Reverse Manhattan

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If you know how to make a Manhattan, then you know how to make a Reverse Manhattan. Like the Reverse Martini, this switched-up classic simply swaps the proportions of sweet vermouth and rye in a standard Manhattan, creating a lighter, aperitif-like take on the original. Rye’s bold pepper and alcoholic bite is tamed by the higher measure of vermouth, but we suggest opting for a bigger, more vivacious brand like Carpano Antica to counteract the loss of flavor.

Reverse Manhattan



  • 2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz rye
  • 2 dashes Angostura
  • 2 dashes orange bitters


Step one

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, and stir.

Step two

Strain into a lowball glass.

Contributed by Supercall