how to make a paris manhattan cocktail martini: the elderflower manhattan

Inspired by the original Manhattan recipe, the Paris Manhattan is a variation that uses the St Germain liqueur instead of the Sweet Vermouth. It has a slight flowery taste from the elderflower and the lightness from the dry vermouth.

St Germain is a liqueur made from elderflowers and has a sweet flavour. Originally, the drink was named as Elderflower Manhattan but somewhere along the way came to be known as the Paris Manhattan.


  • 2 shots of Rye Whiskey
  • 1 shot of the St Germain liqueur
  • 1/2 (half) shot of Dry Vermouth
  • Couple of dashes of bitters, preferably Angostura
  • Maraschino Cherry for garnish


  1. Add ice cubes into a martini shaker
  2. Add 2 shots of Rye whiskey into the shaker
  3. Add 1/2 shot of the Dry Vermouth into the shaker
  4. Add 1 shot of the St Germain liqueur into shaker
  5. Shake the ingredients well, about 4 to 6 times
  6. Add couple of dashes of bitters into a chilled martini glass
  7. Swirl the bitters around to coat the glass evenly
  8. Strain the contents of the martini shaker into the glass
  9. Garnish with maraschino cherries
Paris Manhattan cocktail

Variations and Similar Drinks

Manhattan: A traditional manhattan drink substitutes the dry vermouth and St Germain with the sweet vermouth.
Perfect Manhattan: More a variation of the traditional manhattan, and it uses equal parts of dry and Sweet Vermouth with whiskey.
Dry ManhattanThe drink uses dry vermouth instead of the sweet vermouth.

Tips and Notes

  • As with the Manhattan, you can substitute Rye Whiskey with Bourbon. Some of the recipes for Paris Manhattan actually do call for Bourbon instead of Rye.
  • Use a larger proportion of the St Germain (about 1 and 1/2 shots) , especially if you prefer Perfect Manhattans over the classic Manhattans. This will make the drink slightly sweeter.
  • You can use any bitters that you have available, different bitters impart a slightly different taste to the drink just as in a Manhattan. I mostly favor Angostura bitters