Mile High Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Maker's Mark Mile High Manhattan Whiskey Cocktail
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
944 Calories
0g Fat
73g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 944
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 27%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 2mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

While it is not really a Manhattan in the traditional sense, the Mile High Manhattan is a loose interpretation of the classic whiskey cocktail. Though there is no vermouth and resembles its namesake in whiskey alone, it is just as alluring.

The recipe is simple and elegant; in it, we add vanilla and orange to a premium bourbon, then finish it off with a hint of anise. The result is a dynamic drink that has a slight herbal spice to contrast the sweetness.

The trick to this trick is to be very delicate with the anise liqueur. Just a few drops will do because it is meant to accent the drink much in the way we typically use bitters. It is easy to add too much anise, so take it slow.


Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  2. Shake well.

  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


  • There are many choices for anise liqueurs. One could use absinthe or any of its substitutes and Pernod and Herbsaint are both excellent options. There is also Sambuca and that would create a lighter anise that many drinkers may prefer.
  • The vanilla liqueur has many options as well. Galliano Vanilla and Bols Vanilla are both good and there are a few brands that make vanilla schnapps. If you want to add a little more citrus to the drink, try Tuaca.

(Recipe from Makers Mark Bourbon Whisky)