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How to Make a Perfect Non-Alcoholic Manhattan: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Make a Perfect Non-Alcoholic Manhattan: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Make a Perfect Non-Alcoholic Manhattan: A Step-by-Step Guide

Creating a non-alcoholic version of the classic Manhattan cocktail can be just as satisfying and flavorful as the original. In this guide, we'll use SMASHD's Whiskey Alternative and a non-alcoholic vermouth substitute to craft a delicious, sophisticated mocktail.

What You'll Need


  • SMASHD's Whiskey Alternative (2 oz)
  • Non-Alcoholic Vermouth Alternative or Non-Alcoholic Red Wine (1 oz)
  • Bitters (2-3 dashes)
  • Cherry for Garnish


  • Mixing Glass
  • Stirring Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Martini Glass

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Measure the Ingredients

Measure out 2 oz of SMASHD's Whiskey Alternative and 1 oz of your chosen non-alcoholic vermouth substitute. Add 2-3 dashes of bitters. The combination of these ingredients will ensure a complex, Manhattan-like flavor without the alcohol.

Step 2: Mixing the Drink

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir gently for about 30 seconds, ensuring that the mixture is well-blended but not overly diluted.

Step 3: Perfecting the Serve

Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass. The smooth, clear drink should be free of ice chips for the best experience.

Advanced Tips and Variations

Crafting a mocktail like the non-alcoholic Manhattan offers ample room for creativity and personalization. Here are some advanced tips and variations to elevate your mixology skills:

Experimenting with Bitters

Herbal Bitters: For a more herbaceous profile, try using herbal bitters. They can add a layer of complexity that's reminiscent of traditional Manhattan cocktails.

Fruit-Flavored Bitters: Options like orange or cherry bitters can introduce a subtle fruity undertone, complementing the non-alcoholic vermouth substitute.

Homemade Bitters: If you're feeling adventurous, consider making your own bitters. Infuse alcohol-free spirits with herbs, spices, and bitter roots for a truly unique flavor.

Non-Alcoholic Vermouth Alternatives

Blend of Juices: Instead of a single juice, try a blend of dark grape juice and a tart juice like cranberry. This combination can mimic the complexity of traditional vermouth.

Infused Tea: Brew a strong tea with herbs and spices, then cool it down. This can serve as a flavorful base that adds depth without sweetness.

DIY Non-Alcoholic Vermouth: Simmer a mix of herbs, spices, and citrus peels in water, then sweeten it lightly. This homemade concoction can be a great stand-in for vermouth.

Garnishing like a Pro

Dehydrated Citrus Wheels: Instead of fresh citrus, use dehydrated citrus wheels for an elegant and long-lasting garnish.

Edible Flowers: Add a touch of elegance with edible flowers. They offer a beautiful visual appeal and can sometimes add a subtle floral aroma.

Spiced Rim: Rim your glass with a mix of sugar and spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. This adds an aromatic touch as you sip the drink.

Glassware and Presentation

Vintage Glassware: Serve your Manhattan in vintage glassware for a nostalgic and sophisticated look.

Ice Variations: Experiment with different ice shapes, like large cubes or spheres, to control dilution and add a visual element.

Hosting Tips

Mocktail Pairing: Pair your non-alcoholic Manhattan with appetizers that complement its flavor profile, like spiced nuts or cheese platters.

Interactive Bar: Set up a DIY mocktail bar where guests can customize their own Manhattans with different bitters, garnishes, and non-alcoholic vermouth substitutes.

By incorporating these advanced tips and variations, you can transform the simple process of making a non-alcoholic Manhattan into an art form. Each element, from the choice of bitters to the style of garnishing, adds a personal touch to your mocktail, making it not just a drink, but an experience.

The Importance of Quality Non-Alcoholic Spirits

Selecting a premium non-alcoholic spirit like SMASHD's Whiskey Alternative is key to achieving a satisfying mocktail experience. It's about capturing the essence of traditional spirits while offering a health-conscious alternative.

This non-alcoholic Manhattan is a testament to the versatility and enjoyment that mocktails can provide. With SMASHD's Whiskey Alternative and the right non-alcoholic vermouth substitute, you can enjoy a sophisticated, flavorful drink that suits any occasion.

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