How to Make an Easy Virgin Manhattan

by Alli

A Manhattan cocktail is such a sophisticated, sultry drink. Since I don’t drink alcohol, I decided to create an Easy Virgin Manhattan. It’s so pretty and tastes amazing. It’s the perfect signature virgin drink for your next party. Because every party should feature at least one mocktail.

Easy Virgin Manhattan

I’m really into the history of food and drink. I think it’s cool that the Manhattan cocktail originated in the early 1870s at the Manhattan Club in New York City.

The Manhattan was invented by Dr. Iain Marshall for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (mother of Winston Churchill) in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. I’ve never even heard of old Sam, but I love the story.

A traditional Manhattan contains the cocktail flavoring, orange bitters. It’s made from peels of Seville oranges, cardamom, caraway seed, coriander, and burnt sugar.

Please Note: Orange bitters do contain alcohol, but the small amount used in this recipe (two dashes) doesn’t affect the drink as far as the alcohol goes. Just like vanilla extract has alcohol, it doesn’t affect the cake you’re baking. 

If you’d like to avoid alcohol altogether, replace the bitters with equal parts of orange and lime juice. 

Easy Virgin Manhattan

How to Make a Virgin Manhattan

Shake cranberry juice, orange juice, cherry juice, lemon juice and orange bitters with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and serve in a cocktail glass.

Don’t have a cocktail shaker? Here you go!

Easy Virgin Manhattan

Speaking of cocktail glasses, I’m a little bit of a collector. Whether it’s a margarita mocktail or a No-Tequila Sunrise, I like using the proper cocktail glasses.

This glass is perfect for serving my Easy Virgin Manhattan.

Easy Virgin Manhattan Cocktail Glass


Virgin Manhattan

Easy Virgin Manhattan


  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp. cherry juice
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Maraschino cherry, optional garnish


  1. Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Add a Maraschino cherry as a garnish.
  2. This recipe makes one cocktail.

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Easy Virgin Manhattan

Whether you’re entertaining friends or just want to enjoy a special drink, try my Easy Virgin Manhattan. I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

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Every party needs at signature mocktail. This Virgin Manhattan is sultry, sophisticated and just the thing for your next get together.

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What’s your favorite mocktail? Do you ever serve a signature drink when you’re entertaining?


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