5 Best Non-Alcoholic Manhattan Recipes You Can Find

Different versions of Non-alcoholic Manhattan have emerged for those who prefer to skip the alcohol but still savor the sophisticated flavors of the iconic cocktail. 

The Manhattan has long been celebrated as a timeless classic. Its rich blend of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and aromatic bitters has delighted palates for generations. 

In this article, we’ll explore the art of crafting the perfect non-alcoholic Manhattan. From the classic flavors of a traditional Manhattan to innovative twists and variations, you’ll discover a range of options that prove you don’t need alcohol to enjoy the essence of this beloved cocktail.

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Non-Alcoholic Manhattan

For those seeking the refined taste and elegance of a classic Manhattan without the alcohol, a Non-Alcoholic Cherry Balsamic Manhattan is the answer. Crafted with the same meticulous attention to flavor and balance, this alcohol-free version pays homage to the original while offering a guilt-free alternative. Try out this recipe for a new experience!

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ounces Ritual Whiskey Alternative
  • 2 full droppers All The Bitter Aromatic bitters
  • 2 full droppers All The Bitter Orange bitters
  • 1 barspoon (tsp) Starlino Maraschino cherry syrup
  • 1 barspoon (tsp) Cherry Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Add Ritual Whiskey Alternative ATB Aromatic and Orange bitters, syrup and balsamic vinegar to a mixing glass with ice and stir until thoroughly chilled.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass or a Nick and Nora glass.
  • Garnish with Starlino Maraschino cherry.
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Lyre’s Manhattan

A Non-Alcoholic Manhattan is the Midnight Cowboy of all mocktails. This recipe from Lyre’s is gluten-free. Start with a generous pour of American Malt and serve after stirring in some fruity, slightly bitter locals.

Ingredients

  • 60mL Lyre’s American Malt
  • 15mL Lyre’s Apéritif Rosso
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters

Instructions

  1. Briefly stir with ice, then strain into a glass.

Non-Alcoholic Black Manhattan

This Non-Alcoholic Black Manhattan recipe calls for amaro, a cousin of sweet vermouth that is more intensely bitter and orange bitters. You’ll need The Pathfinder, a fantastic non-alcoholic spirit that tastes like an amaro, and your preferred whiskey substitute to make this drink. Of course, a recipe from All The Bitter requires alcohol-free Aromatic and Orange bitters.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces non-alcoholic whiskey
  • 1 ounce The Pathfinder
  • 2 full droppers All The Bitter Aromatic bitters
  • 2 full droppers All The Bitter Orange bitters

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass, combine all the ingredients, add ice, and swirl for 15 seconds.
  2. After straining into a coupe glass, add an orange peel and cherry as a garnish.

The Virgin Man

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Ritual Zero Proof’s whiskey substitute and homemade vermouth are used in The Virgin Man.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ oz Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative
  • 1 oz rectified vermouth rouge
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Rose petal orange peel (garnish)

Instructions

For processing the vermouth:

  1. In a little ceramic or other non-reactive saucepan, pour one cup (8 ounces) of the vermouth.
  2. Slowly heat while keeping an instant-read thermometer handy to check the temperature.
  3. Because alcohol boils above 174 and water starts to boil at 212, keep the temperature between 174 and 210.
  4. Continue until the vermouth stops “popping” and is still about 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. Expect to lose roughly 50% of your liquid because some water will evaporate with the alcohol, but that’s okay. By doing this, you’ll almost completely get rid of the alcohol and lower the vermouth to concentrate the taste that’s left.
  6. Remove from heat, then let it cool.
  7. You can keep this in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks until you’re ready to use it.

For the mocktail:

  1. Chill your cocktail glass in the refrigerator.
  2. Create your orange peel decoration.
  3. Add the Whiskey substitute, rectified vermouth, and bitters to an ice-filled mixing glass.
  4. Stir until completely cold.
  5. Pour and sift.
  6. Add your garnish of orange peel.

I’ll Fake Manhattan

I’ll Fake Manhattan is a very simple version of a classic.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 ½ ounces orange juice
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 dash grenadine
  • lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Whisk over ice.
  2. Drink from a chilled cocktail glass.
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The Taste Of A Good Non-Alcoholic Manhattan

As we’ve explored the nuanced blends of ingredients, from the rich vermouth to the aromatic bitters, we see that a well-crafted Non-Alcoholic Manhattan is not just a substitute but a masterpiece in its own right.

These exquisite mocktails, crafted with precision and creativity, offer a taste experience that defies the need for alcohol.

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Non-Alcoholic Manhattan FAQs

What is the best non-alcoholic whiskey for Manhattans?

There are several non-alcoholic whiskey alternatives available, and the choice largely depends on personal taste preferences. Some popular non-alcoholic whiskey brands suitable for making Non-Alcoholic Manhattans include Ritual Zero Proof, Lyre’s, and Seedlip Grove 42. The “best” one for you will depend on your individual palate and the specific flavors you enjoy in your Manhattans.

Is it possible to make a good non-alcoholic Manhattan?

Absolutely, it is possible to make a delicious and satisfying non-alcoholic Manhattan. The key lies in carefully selecting high-quality, non-alcoholic substitutes for whiskey, vermouth, and bitters and then skillfully balancing these ingredients. With the right recipe and technique, you can create a non-alcoholic Manhattan that captures the essence and complexity of the classic cocktail.

What is the point of non-alcoholic whiskey?

Non-alcoholic whiskey, like other non-alcoholic spirits, serves as an alternative for individuals who want to enjoy the flavors and ritual of drinking cocktails without the effects of alcohol. It caters to those who are abstaining from alcohol for health, personal, or cultural reasons while still providing a sophisticated and enjoyable drinking experience. Non-alcoholic whiskey allows people to socialize, celebrate, or unwind without compromising their sobriety or responsible drinking choices.

Why is the drink called a Manhattan?

The exact origin of the Manhattan cocktail’s name is the subject of debate and folklore. One popular theory is that it was named after the Manhattan Club in New York City, where it was first created in the late 19th century. The drink’s history is somewhat hazy, but it has become a classic cocktail known for its combination of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters and its enduring popularity. The true origin story remains a part of cocktail lore, adding to the mystique of this iconic drink.