Manhattan Kit Gifts

Manhattan Cocktail Kit Gift Delivery

The Manhattan is a classic cocktail with a history that dates back to the 18th century. It’s said that the Manhattan is named after the Manhattan Club in New York, where it’s believed that a certain Dr. Iain Marshall created the drink. Another story traces the drink to a man named Black who invented the drink at his place on Broadway. There’s no definite answer to the origin of the Manhattan. But that’s part of the drink’s allure. It’s a drink that’s part nostalgia, part tradition, and a drink that’s part of history. We pay homage to this classic with our Manhattan cocktail kit! 

If you are a whiskey lover, then you are apt to love the Manhattan. This has been the classic cocktail of choice for centuries, a delightful cocktail with bitter and herbal undertones that has stood the test of time. 

Looking for the best Manhattan drink gift ideas? At 180 Drinks, we have curated a Manhattan cocktail gift set that will make that Manhattan lover in your life happy. Scroll down to see all the gift ideas for Manhattan drinkers that you can include your Manhattan drink gift set. Typical gifts for Manhattan drinkers include glassware or bar tools. But we go a step further to include an entire, customized gift packages. If you are looking for gifts for whiskey drinkers, a Manhattan serves that purpose as the base liquor includes whiskey.

Gifts For Manhattan Drinkers

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Gift Ideas For Manhattan Drinkers: What Our Range Of Gifts For Manhattan Drinkers Includes

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Liquor For Your Manhattan Drink Gift Basket

The original recipe itself has gone through many changes over these years. These days, you can make the Manhattan with rye, bourbon, whiskey, including Canadian whiskey. No matter the variations, three standard elements are typically used to make this cocktail:

  • Richness of whiskey
  • Subtle sweetness of vermouth
  • Balance of the bitters

We pack these tidbits and interesting background notes for your giftee in the Manhattan cocktail gift basket.

Manhattan Cocktail Kit With Fruits And Vegetables

At 180 Drinks, we pair seasonal and fresh, organic fruits and vegetables with our Manhattan cocktail kits. This makes the gift-giving a more complete experience. We ship only locally sourced, organic fruits and vegetables that complement the drink gift you have chosen. 

Check the individual product descriptions for the fruits and vegetables included in our gifts for Manhattan drinkers.

Gifts For Manhattan Drinkers: Herbs And Spices

The Manhattan already has some strong herbal overtones with the bitters and vermouth. However, our gifts sometimes add in some of our select herbs and spices to make this is a cocktail gift basket your giftee will remember. Some of the herbs and spices we frequently ship as part of the gifts for Manhattan drinkers include:

  • Anise
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon

Citrus Fruits 

We offer often delectable citrus fruits as a pairing to your drink gift basket. One of the reasons is that citrus fruits such as oranges or lemons are used in many cocktails. 

You can add orange twist garnish to enhance the aroma of a Manhattan. Lemon twists also make for great garnishes as well for this drink.

We use organic citrus fruits for improved taste.


Vermouth is often used in a Manhattan cocktail as a sweetener. Basically vermouth its wine spiked with brandy, and infused with herbs and spices, and sweetened. There are two main varieties: red (sweet) vermouth, which originally hails from Italy, and white (dry) vermouth, which first appeared in France.   

We also offer a range of syrups, including cherry syrup as part of your gifts for Manhattan drinkers. Our sweeteners are all natural and are free of guilt!

Manhattan Kit Bitters 

When it comes to bitters, Angostura bitters are the industry standard bitters. These are easy to use, and you can’t really go wrong with them. 

Bitters, like, vermouth, are infused with proprietary herbs and spices. But you have to remember that bitters are concentrated, though. 

We suggest you don’t go overboard. Just add a couple of dashes for tons of complex flavor.

The most common bitters used in the classic Manhattan recipe are the Angostura aromatic bitters. The Angostura has more than 40 different herbs and botanics – the combination a closely guarded secret – but it has an iconic, easily identifiable flavor. If you need a slightly crisper flavor, try adding orange bitters. 

No matter what bitters you use, your drink will immediately get more spice, depth, and backbone.

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Gifts For Manhattan Drinkers: Garnishes 

Most Manhattans are served with a Maraschino cherry. But the first garnish used in the original Manhattan was a lemon peel.

The lemon peel gives a fresh, citrusy burst that balances the bitter notes from the whiskey. Orange peels add a lighter touch to the drink.

You can always experiment with different garnishes to create drinks that are unique and all your own.

Ice For Your Manhattan Mixing Kit

The Manhattan is a drink that’s served stirred, not shaken. While you can use regular ice, we always suggest that you use the kind of ice our own mixologists use. 

We use large ice cubes because these tend to melt slowly. Rapidly melting ice tends to dilute the drink and the flavour. Our Manhattan mixing kits offer optionally large cube ice trays to ensure your drink gift is delicious!

Gifts For Manhattan Drinkers: Glassware 

The Manhattan is often served in a coupe or martini glass. Sometimes a nick and nora glass is used as well. 

We can include the glassware of choice when we ship your Manhattan gift set.

Recipe Cards For Your Manhattan Drink Set

At 180 Drinks, we believe that a drink set should offer an overall experience. It’s why we like to include some of our best recipes and the right background notes with our drink gifts. 

An instructional video will guide your giftee through the drink building process. That way, your giftee is not lost when they receive the gift. For example we can show the steps for a smoked Manhattan kit. They will know just how to create the right cocktails!

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You can make your Manhattan drink gift set more complete with other food items. These include: 

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Jerky
  • Black Truffle Potato Chips

Looking for a dinner pairing? For a main course food pairing, we suggest pulled pork with a rye-based Manhattan. For appetizers goat cheese and flatbread are delicious with the spices of the vermouth.

Bar Tools As A Manhattan Drink Gift Idea

Some of the tools you need to make a proper Manhattan cocktail are:

  • Mixing glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Drink strainer
  • Jigger

A great idea is to add in all these tools to your gift. This way, your giftee doesn’t have to hunt around for the right tools. It’s all there! In one perfect package!

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Personalize Your Manhattan Gift Set

We can personalize your Manhattan gift basket with a special message to the giftee. 

All you have to do is add a note at the time of ordering. We will make sure the recipient gets it!

Manhattan Drink Gift Set FAQs

I am interested in the Manhattan drink gift set. What are the areas you serve?

We deliver our Manhattan kits only in Ontario, Canada.

Do you ship Manhattan drink kits outside Ontario?

We only deliver our Manhattan drink kits in Ontario.

Would a Manhattan be great if I am looking for gifts for bourbon lovers?

Why not? The base liquor in the Manhattan can be bourbon, rye, or whiskey. If your giftee loves bourbon, they wouldn’t be too unhappy if they got a Manhattan cocktail gift set! These make for great gifts for the bourbon enthusiast. 

I have ordered a Manhattan Gift Basket. When will my order be delivered or shipped?

Order by 5pm for next day delivery of your Manhattan gift basket via our local couriers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and select cities below in Ontario 


For orders via post orders will be processed for delivery the next business day. The shipping time depends on the shipping method and carrier selected. 

Can I pick up the Manhattan Cocktail Set?

Absolutely! You can pick up your Mahattan Kit for FREE from 9am to 8pm every day at our office. This is our address: 400 Matheson Blvd E, Unit 20, Mississauga ON L4Z 1N8. 

Can you deliver a Manhattan Drink Gift Basket on a specific date?

Definitely! You might want to have your Manhattan gift delivered on a specific day because it’s someone’s anniversary or birthday. When you order from us, you can select a preferred delivery date. We will then schedule delivery for the date desired. 

Do you offer a monthly drink subscription?

Yes we do! We have this option because we realized that many customers didn’t want to stop with just one drink. A monthly drink subscription ensures that you make your giftee remember you each month. It’s the perfect gift that keeps giving. With a subscription, your giftee receives a new unique drink kit each month for a selected duration. You can purchase a cocktail subscription with the following options:

  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 12 months
  • Infinity (Billed Monthly) 

Learn more about our monthly drink subscription today!

I have ordered your Manhattan cocktail kit gift. Who should I contact if I have any questions regarding the order?

You can email us for any questions surrounding your order. 

What are your other gift ideas for Manhattan drinkers?

We thought we had covered quite a bit here! But there’s always room for more! You can consider the following gifts:

  • Coupe glasses
  • Cocktail ice cube trays
  • Mixing glass


Not sure what to pick? Feel free to get in touch for gift suggestions for Manhattan drinkers. Our mixologists would be happy to help you out. 

What’s the original Manhattan recipe?

The original recipe has gone through many changes. But we dug around to find what must have been one of the first versions of the Manhattan, as stated in O.H. Byron’s ‘The Modern Bartenders’ Guide’ from the year 1884. 


Drink Name: Manhattan Cocktail No. 1



1 pony French vermouth

1 pony whiskey

3 – 4 dashes Angostura bitters

3 dashes gum syrup


How to make:

Add vermouth, whiskey and bitters as well as the gum syrup to a mixing glass with ice. Stir well and strain into a small wine glass.

Do you get your liquor for your Manhattan Drink Making Kits from the LCBO?

The LCBO offers a great selection of liquor for Manhattan gifts for residents of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ontario. We do source our liquor for our gifts from the LCBO.

Do you sell your Manhattan Kits on Amazon or Etsy?

Currently we only sell our Manhattan kits through our website. Amazon and Etsy currently do not allow for the sale of gifts with alcohol on their platform.