I used my standard recipe for a Manhattan, mixing bourbon to vermouth in a 2 to 1 ratio.

I tried this Agitator Manhattan with, and without Orange Bitters.

Agitator Manhattan

I was thinking the red wine finish on this Agitator bourbon would pair well with vermouth and make an amazing Manhattan.

Boy, was I wrong. What I was hoping would become a nice pairing of red wine and vermouth, turned out to clash, and badly.

I’m giving this Agitator Manhattan a 49/100, put it in Just Bad territory.


  • If you like cheap whiskey with strong red wine notes, this might be for you.


  • The red wine finish from the Agitator clashes with the vermouth.
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