Non-Alcoholic Manhattan Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Manhattan is a classic cocktail traditionally made with whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. This non-alcoholic version caters to those who desire the sophistication and flavor profile of the Manhattan without the alcohol content. It's perfect for designated drivers, teetotalers, or anyone looking to enjoy a night out without the effects of alcohol.

How Non-Alcoholic Manhattan Tastes?

The Non-Alcoholic Manhattan has a complex and aromatic taste, with a balance of sweetness and bitterness. It's rich, herbal, and slightly spicy, with a smooth finish that mimics the original cocktail.

Interesting facts about Non-Alcoholic Manhattan

  • The original Manhattan cocktail is said to have been invented in the 1870s at the Manhattan Club in New York City.
  • Non-alcoholic spirits have gained popularity as part of the 'sober curious' movement.
  • Vermouth is traditionally a wine-based product, but non-alcoholic versions use a grape juice base with added botanicals.


Non-alcoholic whiskey

Non-alcoholic whiskey is used to mimic the robust flavor profile of traditional whiskey without the buzz. It provides the backbone of your Manhattan. Without it, you'd lose the signature depth – it's like Batman without his cape! As for alternatives, you might experiment with tea-based concoctions that can imitate whiskey's smoky notes.

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Non-alcoholic sweet vermouth

This provides the sweet, herbal notes that balance out the non-alcoholic whiskey, much like a good sidekick. Too much and your drink might be cloying; too little and it may fall flat. A possible alternative? Non-alcoholic red wine or a syrup infused with herbs could partially fill its shoes.

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Alcohol-free bitters

A dash adds complexity and that touch of pizzazz, kind of like a spice rack in a dash. It's pivotal for that signature Manhattan bitterness. No bitters, no bite! Grape juice with a splash of vinegar could be a surprising understudy, should the need arise.

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The cherry is your cocktail's cherry on top! It's not just a garnish; it adds a hint of fruity sweetness and an allure to the presentation. Like forgetting to wear a bow-tie to a black-tie event, omitting the cherry is a no-go. Consider a raspberry for a tart twist.

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Orange peel twist

An orange peel twist releases oils that lightly perfume the drink. It's the subtle difference between achieving harmonious finesse and just being 'good enough.' A lemon twist could serve as a zesty understudy, although it exhibits a brighter character.

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The unsung hero of the cocktail world, ice chills the drink to its optimum sipping temp. No ice means a warm, less refreshing experience. If you crave a twist, try frozen fruit – it chills and adds a touch of sweetness as it melts!

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Recipe. How to make Non-Alcoholic Manhattan Drink

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Pour 2 oz of non-alcoholic whiskey into the glass.
  3. Add 1 oz of non-alcoholic sweet vermouth.
  4. Include a dash of alcohol-free bitters.
  5. Stir the ingredients together until well-chilled.
  6. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  7. Garnish with a cherry and an orange peel twist.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the cocktail glass before serving to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • Use high-quality non-alcoholic ingredients to ensure the best flavor.
  • When stirring, make sure to do so gently to avoid diluting the drink too much.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Plate

Bold cheeses such as manchego or aged cheddar bring out the complexity of the non-alcoholic whiskey notes.

Savory Appetizers

Charcuterie, olives, and tapenade work beautifully with the bitter elements of the mocktail.

Chocolate Desserts

The sweetness of chocolate and the bitters in the drink are a match made in heaven. Try it with a dark chocolate mousse or chocolate-covered cherries.

Grilled Meats

Although there's no alcohol, the smokiness of the mocktail can stand up to grilled steak or BBQ pork.

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What you could change in Non-Alcoholic Manhattan

  • If non-alcoholic whiskey is not available, you can use a non-alcoholic dark spirit alternative or a tea-based concoction with similar flavor notes.
  • For non-alcoholic sweet vermouth, a mixture of non-alcoholic red wine and grape juice with added spices can be used.

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Green Tea-nhattan

Replace non-alcoholic whiskey with brewed green tea (chilled). This brings a floral, earthy vibe to the cocktail. Sweeten slightly with honey if the vermouth isn't enough. It's like a garden party in a glass!

Ingredients: 2 oz brewed green tea, 1 oz non-alcoholic sweet vermouth, a dash of alcohol-free bitters, cherry, orange peel twist, ice. Recipe: Follow the original recipe, substituting green tea for the whiskey.

Berry Manhattan Mocktail

Muddle berries in the mixing glass before adding other ingredients. A fruity infusion gives a summer twist that's berry delightful. Choose berries like raspberries or blackberries for a tart kick.

Ingredients: 2 oz non-alcoholic whiskey, a handful of berries, 1 oz non-alcoholic sweet vermouth, a dash of alcohol-free bitters, cherry, orange peel twist, ice. Recipe: Muddle the berries, then add the remaining ingredients and follow the original recipe.

Spiced Orchard Mocktail

Add apple cider and a cinnamon stick. Cozy like a fall sweater, this variation adds a spiced apple note that's incredibly warming, even without the alcohol burn.

Ingredients: 1 oz non-alcoholic whiskey, 1 oz apple cider, 1 oz non-alcoholic sweet vermouth, a dash of alcohol-free bitters, cherry, orange peel twist, a cinnamon stick, ice. Recipe: Stir the whiskey, cider, vermouth, and bitters with ice, then garnish with the cinnamon stick and other garnishes.

In case you forgot basics how to make Non-Alcoholic Manhattan

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Non-Alcoholic Manhattan

What is a mocktail?

A mocktail is a non-alcoholic drink that mimics a cocktail, using a combination of juices, sodas, infused waters, and other non-alcoholic mixers.

How do you replicate the complexity of alcoholic beverages in non-alcoholic cocktails?

Through the use of non-alcoholic substitutes that provide similar flavor profiles, such as non-alcoholic spirits or aromatic additives like herbs and spices.

Can I use regular bitters in a non-alcoholic cocktail?

Regular bitters do contain a small amount of alcohol, so if you wish to keep the drink completely alcohol-free, you should use alcohol-free bitters.

Are non-alcoholic cocktails healthier?

While they're often lower in calories and don't have the health risks associated with alcohol consumption, their healthiness can vary depending on the ingredients used.

Is a Non-Alcoholic Manhattan suitable for pregnant women?

Since a Non-Alcoholic Manhattan does not contain alcohol, it is generally considered suitable for pregnant women, but it's best to consult with a healthcare provider.

Can a non-alcoholic cocktail be part of a sober lifestyle?

Yes, non-alcoholic cocktails provide a beverage option for those choosing to lead a sober lifestyle while still enjoying the social aspect of having a drink in hand.

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