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A New High (Rye) Point for the Classic Manhattan

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Johnnie Walker High Rye Manhattan

Johnnie Walker High Rye

There’s some debate as to whether the best Manhattan is made with bourbon or rye. We tend to lean rye, but the bourbon fans do make some compelling points. The subtle sweetness of bourbon does give the cocktail a refreshing, approachable quality. Still, is it worth sacrificing all that wonderful spice rye brings to the drink? Lacy Hawkins, an acclaimed NYC-based bartender, found a new way to bring the best qualities of both styles of whiskey to the Manhattan. Rather than reaching for bourbon or rye whiskey, she turned to a bold new blended scotch whisky—Johnnie Walker High Rye. With a unique mashbill of at least 60% rye, it’s Johnnie Walker’s first experiment with this kind of formula, and is already proving to be a wild success. Featuring a seamless mix of rich rye spiciness and smooth vanilla, Johnnie Walker High Rye is the perfect base for your next Manhattan. Just add vermouth, bitters and a couple brandied cherries to take the classic cocktail to new heights.


Johnnie Walker High Rye Manhattan


  • 1.5 oz Johnnie Walker High Rye
  • 1 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Aromatic bitters
  • Brandied cherries for garnish


  1. Add the Johnnie Walker High Rye, sweet vermouth and bitters to a mixing glass with ice, and stir until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  3. Garnish with brandied cherries on a spear.

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JOHNNIE WALKER HIGH RYE Blended Scotch Whisky. 

45% Alc/Vol. Imported by Diageo, New York, NY.