Metropolitan Cocktail Recipe

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Metropolitan Cocktail Recipe

Recipe of a brandy cocktail fueled by brown sugar, sweet vermouth, and bitters dating back to around 1900. Occasionally, it is also called the brandy Manhattan, though this recipe typically does not include the syrup from the metropolitan. In addition to the metropolitan cocktail, there are several others that carry the name. A popular drink made with vodka and black currant/cranberry/lime juices (and sometimes triple sec) is the black currant vodka.

New Yorkers started creating it during the 1990s and it is very much like a cosmopolitan. “The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book” (1935) is credited as the source for this quote. concocts an atmospheric cocktail that consists of 2/3 Manhattan bitters (now obsolete, but possibly comparable to Amer Picon) and 1/3 gin, which he considers a fresh twist on the old classic. This drink contains neither brandy nor bitters. A sweetened version of the Harvard cocktail contains a similar amount of brandy. Shaken then strained, this classic cocktail consists of 1 1/2 ounces of brandy, 1/2 ounce of sweet vermouth, 1/4 ounce of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of grenadine, and a dash of bitters.


  • You can substitute 1/2 teaspoon of superfine sugar (also known as bar sugar) for simple syrup to sweeten the Metropolitan.
  • It is simple to make simple syrup at home, and it is way more cheaper.
  • You can choose not to use the stovetop. It needs to be refrigerated as it is a fortified wine and does not have the long shelf life of other liquors.

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The strength of Metropolitan Cocktail Recipe is 2 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of Metropolitan Cocktail Recipe is 185 calories per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create Metropolitan Cocktail Recipe is 3 minutes.

Tools needed

  • cocktail shaker


  • cocktail glass

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 oz brandy
  • 1/2 tsp simple syrup
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters

Steps to Make It

  • Add the brandy, sweet vermouth, simple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake it well.
  • Strain it into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Serve and enjoy.

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