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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candy August 11, 2017 - 7:53 am

We don’t drink so it is always nice to come across drinks being made without alcohol. Will be enjoying this over the weekend.

Sarah Bailey August 11, 2017 - 12:40 pm

OK I definitely need to give this a try, I don’t drink alcohol but I love a good mocktail!

lisa August 11, 2017 - 12:56 pm

I have never had a Manhattan, virgin or otherwise, so I really want to make this! It sounds so refreshing.

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh August 11, 2017 - 3:31 pm

Loved the history lesson of this drink! Very interesting. I’ve never had a manhattan before, but now I want to try one.

Liz Mays August 11, 2017 - 4:43 pm

Ah, very cool! I may have to try making one. The ingredients are definitely easy to find!

Pam Wattenbarger August 11, 2017 - 6:16 pm

I have had a Manhattan before, but I haven’t had a virgin one. This sounds like a great option for people like me who don’t usually drink.

Cheryl August 11, 2017 - 7:57 pm

I love Manhattans! And while I enjoy the adult beverage version, I think your flavor captures the essence of the cocktail perfectly! I bet it’s delicious!

Mimi Green August 11, 2017 - 9:16 pm

My Mom used to love a Manhattan back in the day. I always knew it was a drink, but I never knew how it was made. I should totally surprise her and make one.

Eloise August 11, 2017 - 11:31 pm

that sounds spectacular! and I love that it’s a virgin as I can’t drink alcohol anymore! Happy I can have a fancy drink like this ; ) thanks!

Kita Bryant August 12, 2017 - 12:36 am

Whew, you got me focused on a good drink, now I can’t stop thinking about it. lol Definitely loving the virgin style!

Sandy N Vyjay August 12, 2017 - 1:43 am

The Virgin Manhattan looks really classy and refreshing. A mocktail that is sure to enliven a party. Will try it out over the weekend.

Tami August 12, 2017 - 10:17 am

Yeah, I don’t drink alcohol either. This does sound like a fun beverage, for sure.

Agnes August 13, 2017 - 12:24 am

I have tried the regular manhattan but never the virgin version. This would be good for those days when I am detoxing.

Lily Ashley August 13, 2017 - 3:42 am

I have never tried this manhattan. I will give this a try on my birthday. Thanks for sharing.

Catvills August 13, 2017 - 7:27 am

Oh my. That Virgin Manhattan drink look so refreshing! I have to mix a drink or two for myself. I’m checking out the other mocktail recipes too. Thanks for sharing!

Carol Cassara August 14, 2017 - 9:47 am

It sounds and looks so good! I’m sure it’s amazing and you’re right, it’s perfect for entertaining. It’s easy to make as well. Thanks for the recipe!

Farrah Less G. August 14, 2017 - 11:56 am

I am not an alcohol drinker but this cocktail I would probably want to try. Very well presented and and it looks so tasty too. Perfect for simple gathering with my girlfriends.

Anosa August 15, 2017 - 11:32 am

I didn’t know it is easy to do. I might give this a try when I host a party at my house over the weekend.

Silvia Odete Morani Massad September 4, 2017 - 11:04 am

Magnificent website. Lots of useful information here. I’m
sending it to some pals ans additionally sharing in delicious.
And obviously, thanks on your effort!

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JT September 28, 2019 - 12:50 am

I haven’t made this drink yet (it does sound like a good match up for a classic Manhattan, though!), but I wanted to point out that bitters do contain alcohol (usually around 40-50%). The couple dashes in the drink definitely aren’t going to affect you much on their own, but that small amount can add up depending on how liberal you are with adding bitters, how many of these you drink, and how quickly you drink them. I felt like this should be pointed out for people that practice complete abstinence from alcohol for personal or religious reasons, and for awareness for anyone thinking of serving this drink to a minor.

On a side note, try using Luxardo cherries in this drink instead of the standard maraschino cherries. They’re a bit more expensive, but miles ahead in quality and flavor!

Sorry about the lengthy post, but thanks for sharing this recipe!

Alli September 28, 2019 - 10:54 am

Thanks so much for pointing this out about the bitters. I knew bitters contained alcohol but forget to include it in this article. I just fixed it. I’ll definitely try the Luxardo cherries. Thanks for the tip!


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