How to make a Manhattan — the classic cocktail with a cherry (VIDEO)

Jun 5, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. ET

A Manhattan. It just sounds fancy, doesn't it?

It's one of those cocktails you picture yourself ordering at a chic downtown bar, probably while wearing designer shoes and clutching a ridiculously expensive purse.

Me? I prefer well-worn pajamas and the couch, to be honest. Which is why it's a good thing a Manhattan only sounds fancy. It's actually super easy to make in the comfort of your own home.

That's the great thing about classic cocktails. They're straightforward. There's no blender involved. There aren't 25 different exotic ingredients sourced from tiny markets in foreign countries. And there's not an absurd amount of fruit juice or mixers. It's booze with more booze. That's pretty much what a cocktail should be, isn't it?

Get the lowdown on how to make a Manhattan from SheKnows mixology expert Chris Carter, then try it for yourself. You can still wear the designer shoes if you want, but I highly recommend slippers.

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