A Jameson Manhattan is how to class up the Irish whiskey, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! The smooth spirit pairs perfectly with the classic Manhattan ingredients.

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Note: this is an updated post from the original posted on November 28th, 2014.

I will take any excuse to treat myself, people. By now, you probably know this!

Whether it’s a manicure, a little shopping, or a marathon of Harry Potter movies (oh yes, I am totally that girl), after long days of craziness, no matter what the time of year, there’s nothing like kicking back with a stiff drink to nurse along with a pile of my favorite treat of the moment (currently ice cream, for those of you wondering). 

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I have to admit, I am a lover of classic cocktails. Anything from that whole Mad Men era is a weakness for me, especially Manhattans. I think it’s because I can completely picture my grandparents in this era, sipping strong drinks and partying with their friends. I would have been right along with them if I was there.

Typically Manhattans are made with bourbon, however I love the flavor you get when you use Jameson whiskey instead. I suppose that’s the true Irish girl coming out, but you really can’t argue that this Jameson Manhattan is the smoothest one you’ll ever taste.

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It’s the perfect reward for anything you do! It will also make you want to make the classic cocktail hour a regular thing at home again. 

Remember the days when that was really a thing, with people making gimlets, martinis, and manhattans? Ok, so maybe I wasn’t alive then, but I’ve read about it and been inspired. 

With the comeback of the bar cart in a whole new way, it’s just another reason to enjoy this tasty recipe.

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This Recipe’s Must-Haves

When it comes to making this cocktail, the equipment is pretty straightforward! You likely already have all the tools in your home bar right now.

I like to stir up this cocktail in a cocktail mixing glass with one of my cocktail stirring spoons. Then you can use a cocktail strainer to pour the cocktail into your favorite glass.

For me, I love serving a Manhattan in one of these coupe glasses! Note that the glasses linked here are not the ones pictured. Unfortunately I can’t find the link for these anymore, but I also have the ones I linked here. They are SO gorgeous and have lasted me a long time!

Other tasty Jameson recipes: Jameson Old Fashioned | Jameson and Ginger | Sparkling Whiskey Sour

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Let’s make an awesome Jameson Manhattan!


Talk about the easiest cocktail ever, my friends… You simply stir together the ingredients!


Then strain. That’s all. Seriously. It takes a couple of minutes. Why aren’t you making this cocktail right now…? GO ALREADY!

Need inspiration for cocktail hour? Check out my cocktail recipe page for some tasty ideas.

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Make It Your Own!

• One of my favorite ways to play with classic cocktails like a Manhattan is to use different bitters! A particular favorite of mine for this Jameson Manhattan is cherry, smoked orange, and alpine.

• Make sure that you are getting a nice vermouth. Honestly, investing in this will totally change your life when it comes to making Manhattan cocktails at home!

Pin this Jameson Manhattan recipe for later!

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Jameson Manhattan

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The classic Manhattan cocktail you know and love, made extra smooth with Jameson whiskey.


  • 1 1/2 oz Jameson whiskey
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Garnish: Luxardo maraschino cherries


  1. Pour whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass, which has been filled with ice.
  2. Stir and strain into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with cherries.

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