Start to Finish: 10 minutes
Manhattans are a classic cocktail, made exclusively from hard liquor. Because of this, it can be tricky to replicate the drink with only non-alcoholic ingredients. Make sure to use bitters for this drink, as it adds a component to the overall flavor of the cocktail that can't be replicated. This recipe is based on one from Drinks Mixer.
- 1/4 cup cranberry cocktail
- 1/4 cup pomegranate cocktail
- 1/3 cup apple juice
- 1/8 cup grapefruit juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 4 dashes Fee Brothers bitters
- 2 maraschino cherries
Fill two martini glasses with ice and water and set aside.
Add 2 cups of ice to a cocktail shaker, and combine all of the liquids. Cover and shake vigorously. Stop when the outside of the shaker is frosty.
Empty the martini glasses. Pour the cocktail into the glasses, using a strainer to prevent the ice from entering the glass.
Garnish each Manhattan with a cherry and serve immediately.
You can also garnish with an orange twist.
Shave off a long strip of peel from a fresh orange with a vegetable peeler, twist over the drink, and drop it into the glass.
Use only cranberry or pomegranate cocktail if you are unable to find one or the other. They both provide color, sourness and a hint of sweetness to the drink.
Grapefruit juice can be substituted with orange juice, but orange juice will not provide the same depth of flavor or bitterness.
Vary the quantity and brand of bitters to suit your own taste. Angostura is the classic choice, with Peychaud’s being one of the more popular upmarket bitters.
Different bitters will have different flavor profiles -- some are spicier, others are sweeter -- which will affect the taste of your non-alcoholic Manhattan. However, Fee Brothers brand is one of the few non-alcoholic bitters on the market, which is important if you want to have absolutely no alcohol in your cocktail.