15th November 2022

Rittenhouse Cocktails


Plenty of conjecture over this cocktail’s invention. Was it an 1882 newspaper article that brought it to public attention? The O.H. Byron’s 1884 book, The Modern Bartenders’ Guide? Or was it created in 1874 at New York City’s Manhattan Club for Lady Randolph Churchill at a dinner to celebrate the successful campaign of Samuel Jones Tilden? Who knows? Not us, we weren’t there. But if we take the view it was invented at some point in the 1800s, it’s still WELL old and one of the great classic cocktails. Because rye was the dominant whiskey grain back then, we suggest you opt for Rittenhouse

50ml Rittenhouse Rye

20ml sweet vermouth

3 dashes angostura bitters

Stir over ice in a mixing glass, strain into a pre-chilled glass, garnish with a cherry


Red Hook

A twist on the original Manhattan, this is not an uncommon serve for the Manhattan itself, the maraschino liqueur adding a bit of sweetness.

60ml Rittenhouse

15ml sweet vermouth

10ml maraschino liqueur

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Stir all in a mixing glass with ice, strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a maraschino cherry


Green Point

Less contentious than its Manhattan forebear, this was definitely created by Michael McIlroy in 2006 at the legendary Milk & Honey bar in New York. The cocktail encourages you to up your game a bit and bring in some punch Chartreuse.

50ml Rittenhouse

15ml Yellow Chartreuse

15ml Sweet Vermouth

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 dash orange bitters

Stir over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass


Remember the Maine

Taken from Charles H. Baker Jr’s, ‘The Gentleman’s Companion, this 1939 recipe combines the Manhattan and Sazerac, bringing absinthe into the mix

60ml Rittenhouse

20ml Sweet vermouth

10ml Cherry Heering

10ml Absinthe

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Add the 10ml to a chilled cocktail glass, swirl, coat, then discard what’s left. Mix rye, vermouth, cherry liqueur in a mixing glass with ices, stir then strain into the glass. Garnish with Maraschino cherry

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