Reverse Manhattan If you find traditional Manhattans a bit strong, you may prefer this lighter version which sees the whiskey and vermouth swap places. This will probably result in a slightly sweeter drink, so leave out the syrup to start with, and see how you go. Manhattan on the rocks The Manhattan is usually served ‘up’ in a cocktail glass. But if you fancy slumming it a bit, you could also try it over ice in a tumbler. A Manhattan on the rocks is great with barbecued meat – especially a really sloppy burger. Cynar Manhattan Cynar (pronounced chee-nar) is an Italian artichoke liqueur which tastes a bit like a chocolatey, smoky rosso vermouth. Just make your usual recipe but instead of using rosso vermouth, use a mix of rosso and Cynar.