Canadian Club "CC" Manhattan Recipe

Canadian Club Manhattan Cocktail
The CC Manhattan simply uses Canadian Club Classic 12 YO as the whisky of choice. © Shannon Graham
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail
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This CC Manhattan recipe is a very fine-tuned variation on the classic Manhattan cocktail that features one of the great Canadian whiskies found on today's market.The cocktail is as simple as most other Manhattans and calls out Canadian Club Classic 12 Year Old as the whisky of choice. 

The key to making a great tasting Manhattan with the blends produced in Canada is selecting the right bottle of whiskey and it takes a bottle like CC Classic 12 to really pull it off to perfection. It is a flavorful base that is accented with a small proportion of sweet vermouth and a single dash of Angostura bitters.

Do yourself a favor and mix up this cocktail exactly as written because it really is the best balance for bringing this impressive and rich whiskey into the iconic drink.

What You'll Need

  • 2 ounces Canadian Club Classic 12 Whisky
  • 2/3 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino cherry

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with cherry.

More Tips for Making a Great CC Manhattan

Canadian Club Classic 12 is a premium version of the famous Canadian whisky, Canadian Club.  It is aged in re-charred barrels, that has a more pronounced barley character and a fuller body with notes of oak and toffee. It truly is one of the best among the CC Whisky portfolio.


Though today we often think about using bourbon or rye whiskey in our Manhattan, there were a number of years when Canadian whisky was the preferred style and the CC Manhattan is a tribute to those days.

We can attribute this style change to the availability of great rye whiskey (which was a rarity in the mid-20th Century) and to bourbon's resurgence toward the end of that era. Once drinkers were able to find great, reliable whiskies of these two styles and were rediscovering the original taste of classic cocktails, Canadian whisky began to take a back seat and, sadly, it also began to tarnish the style's reputation as a whole.

You will also notice that the recipe calls for "2/3 ounce sweet vermouth." This is a measurement that we do not see often in cocktails and it is extremely precise. We often opt for 3/4 or 1/2 ounce pours though if you can find that middle ground, then the CC Manhattan really shines.

As with any cocktail that calls for a dash of bitters, it is an essential ingredient that should not be overlooked or forgotten. Bitters are the key to balancing out a cocktail and, though they seem insignificant, they really are vital. Try it for yourself and mix this drink up with and without the bitters and do a side-by-side comparison. It may just make you a bitters believer.

How Strong is the CC Manhattan?

All Manhattans and Martinis are strong cocktails because they are almost always entirely made up of liquor. We rely on the shaken ice to tame them down just enough to find a balance and lower the alcohol content.

In any case, CC Classic 12 is an 80 proof whiskey and if we were to mix that with a 30 proof vermouth, then the drink would finish up at just around 29% ABV (58 proof).

Recipe Courtesy: Canadian Club Whisky

Edited by Colleen Graham