Maple Manhattan

This recipe is from The Lost Kitchen, by Erin French, published in 2017. Personally, I don’t like Manhattans, and please don’t get any form of whiskey or bourbon close to my nose, because I can’t tolerate the smell! I wish I did.

The brown liquors seem so “easy” to drink. On tv shows, a crystal carafe of something brown is always sitting on lawyers’ desks. It gets poured into pretty glasses and people sip away.

My husband enjoys the brown stuff – specifically bourbon, and he loves a Manhattan. I’ve already posted a Manhattan here. I was able to get the recipe from a restaurant where he had enjoyed them. It’s where he also learned that two was the limit!

Ms. French’s recipe is a little different from a traditional one, because it includes maple syrup. I thought it would be a good fall-winter drink for the hubby.

I used the following ingredients for this cocktail. Punt e Mes is a sweet vermouth I have been using to make a Manhattan for my husband. He definitely liked Ms. French’s version as well.

Maple Manhattan
Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces rye whiskey
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Liquor-soaked cherries

Combine the whiskey, vermouth, maple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. In goes the maple syrup!

Shake for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with a cherry.

The Manhattan was a pretty color, and my husband approved!

By Published On: October 30th, 202328 Comments on Maple Manhattan

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. paulineandneil3147 October 30, 2023 at 6:55 AM - Reply

    I think that I would one one of these Mimi. I love your Fall photos.

    • Chef Mimi October 30, 2023 at 10:59 AM - Reply

      Thank you Pauline!

  2. Bernadette October 30, 2023 at 9:36 AM - Reply

    A wonderful recipe for the fall. Your photographs are wonderful.

    • Chef Mimi October 30, 2023 at 11:01 AM - Reply

      Thank you Bernadette!

  3. Thao @ In Good Flavor October 30, 2023 at 1:18 PM - Reply

    I’ve never had a Manhattan. I would definitely give this drink I tried. The maple syrup sounds intriguing!

    • Chef Mimi October 30, 2023 at 2:42 PM - Reply

      Well you have to like bourbon, which is why I don’t like them!

  4. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen October 30, 2023 at 1:48 PM - Reply

    I’m with you! It tastes like medicine and makes me cough! However, it sure does look pretty the way you’ve presented it!

    • Chef Mimi October 30, 2023 at 2:42 PM - Reply

      I so wish I could drink bourbon!

  5. Charlie DeSando October 30, 2023 at 2:14 PM - Reply

    Have you seen her TV Show “the Lost Kitchen? It’s quite good. Also I didn’t know anyone else who has Jack Rudy products. I have Jack Rudy tonic concentrate. Works great

    • Chef Mimi October 30, 2023 at 2:43 PM - Reply

      Yes – all episodes! She’s very lovable!

  6. Debra October 30, 2023 at 4:46 PM - Reply

    I don’t gravitate to Manhattans as first choice cocktails, but we always have the ingredients on hand because a family member has made it clear he would like one each time he visits. LOL! I wonder if he’d like to try something different. If so, I think I’d like to join him. The addition of the maple syrup is really intriguing. And you’re right about the beautiful color. That should be enticing enough. 😉

    • Chef Mimi October 30, 2023 at 6:16 PM - Reply

      Like I mentioned, I can’t even get near them, but for what it’s worth, it was husband-approved!

  7. terrie gura October 30, 2023 at 8:25 PM - Reply

    Tell Dave if he’d like a Manhattan buddy, I’m on my way! I love every version I’ve tried and this one sounds great. The Jack Rudy cocktail cherries are hard to come by, so you scored bonus points!

    • Chef Mimi October 31, 2023 at 8:15 AM - Reply

      Hahahahahaha! I’ll pass that on! I’m sure I got the cherries from Amazon!

  8. Tandy I Lavender and Lime October 30, 2023 at 10:53 PM - Reply

    I love the brand name of the maple syrup. I enjoy a single malt whisky most nights.

    • Chef Mimi October 31, 2023 at 8:15 AM - Reply

      I wish I did. Oh well!

  9. Sherry Mackay October 30, 2023 at 11:02 PM - Reply

    I do like those cherries and maple syrup. In my drinking days, I definitely liked a bit of bourbon!

    • Chef Mimi October 31, 2023 at 8:16 AM - Reply

      It just seems like something perfect to drink…. As long as you can enjoy the taste and odor!

  10. Anonymous October 31, 2023 at 11:48 AM - Reply

    Like you, I don’t drink liquor, but these do look good! And I have friends who really like manhattans, so I’ll pass this on to them.

    • Chef Mimi October 31, 2023 at 1:26 PM - Reply

      I just don’t like liquors that are brown, the rest are fine in moderation. Supposedly, by Manhattan experts, this is a good recipe!

  11. spicedblog November 1, 2023 at 6:36 AM - Reply

    We absolutely love bourbon in our house! Laura and I are both bourbon collectors. :-) But with that said, I prefer my whiskey straight. I’ve never been a Manhattan fan, although the maple twist on this is certainly intriguing. I do love maple anything!

    • Chef Mimi November 1, 2023 at 11:49 AM - Reply

      Well, you may not enjoy this cocktail if you prefer it straight!

  12. David Scott Allen November 2, 2023 at 8:45 AM - Reply

    What a perfect holiday tipple! With Vermont roots, I love everything maple!

    • Chef Mimi November 2, 2023 at 3:25 PM - Reply

      My daughter has a house in Connecticut, and the maple trees on her property have the taps in them. So interesting!

  13. Anonymous November 2, 2023 at 12:20 PM - Reply

    I’m not a whiskey or bourbon either, but I know someone who’ll love this. It’s so beautiful for fall — especially how you’ve garnished it. Perfect on a Thanksgiving table. :-) ~Valentina

    • Chef Mimi November 2, 2023 at 3:23 PM - Reply

      Thank you Valentina!

  14. Raymund November 8, 2023 at 8:27 PM - Reply

    Even if you don’t personally enjoy Manhattans, it’s great that you found a twist on the classic recipe that your husband could appreciate. The addition of maple syrup gives it a unique flavor, making it a delightful fall-winter drink. It’s always fun to explore different variations of classic cocktails

    • Chef Mimi November 9, 2023 at 7:19 AM - Reply

      I agree – even if I don’t drink them!

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