Session Manhattan

You can easily make a sessionable Manhattan by reversing the specs of a classic Manhattan but it results in a fairly sweet cocktail that lacks complexity. This is where sherry and vermouth step in to fill the gap.
Amontillado sherry typically has nutty characteristics whilst dry vermouth displays grape, citrus and herbaceous notes. Adding both of these ingredients bring more character and depth to this low-ABV version of the classic Manhattan.
Sherry and vermouth are both versatile and inexpensive ingredients so I strongly recommend having them on your back bar (*ahem* fridge).
If you are looking for more ways to use both these bottles then you can’t go past a Sherry Cobbler, Clover Club or a Dry Martini.
Session Manhattan featured in Session Cocktails: Low-Alcohol Drinks for Any Occasion by Drew Lazor & the Editors of PUNCH.
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  • Mixing Glass
  • Jigger
  • Barspoon


  • 30 ml sweet vermouth
  • 22.5 ml rye whiskey
  • 22.5 ml amontillado sherry
  • 15 ml dry vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters


  • In a mixing glass, add all the ingredients
  • Stir with ice for 20-30 seconds
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon
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