The White Manhattan Cocktail

White Manhattan
White Manhattan / Photo by Aaron Graubart

Courtesy Stacie Stewart, bar director, Whiskey Dry and Milkwood, Louisville, KY 

Is this a martini or a vodka-based Manhattan, a drink usually made with rye whiskey? The answer lies somewhere in between. It’s no wonder that Stewart’s vodka pick is one made by a renowned whiskey distiller. The finishing touch? Orange bitters, “because they’re reminiscent of the orange twist in a whiskey Manhattan,” she says.

About the Vodka

Wheatley Vodka is a small-batch spirit crafted by Harlen Wheatley, master distiller at Buffalo Trace Distillery, a Kentucky whiskey maker. And yes, wheat is a key component. The vodka is notably soft on the palate, which makes it ideal for a martini-style drink where the spirit takes the starring role.

5 Modern Updates for Your Next Vodka Cocktail
  • 2 ounces Wheatley Vodka
  • 1 ounce Dolin Blanc Vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Orange peel, for garnish

In rocks or stemmed glass, stir together all ingredients (except garnish) with ice. Garnish with thick piece of orange peel.

Published on July 6, 2018
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email:

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