How to Make The Proper Man O’ War | Classic Cocktail Recipes

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  • Bourbon: 2 Ounces 
  • Orange Liqueur: 1 Ounce 
  • Sweet Vermouth: ½ Ounce 
  • Lemon Juice: ½ Ounce 
  • Garnish: Lemon Peel & Maraschino Cherries


Pour into Mixing Glass:

2 Oz. of Bourbon

1 Oz. of Orange Liqueur

½ Oz. of Sweet Vermouth

½ Oz. of Lemon Juice 

Add Ice into the Mixing glass


40-45 Seconds – Dense Commercial Ice 

20-25 Seconds – Standard Fridge Ice 

Attach Strainer & Pour into Chilled Glassware

Take a Lemon Peel and Squeeze Oils into your Glass

Stick a Toothpick through the Lemon Peel & Maraschino Cherries and insert into Glass

You now have your “Man O’ War’ Cocktail

Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Don Marsh and for today we would be doing the “Man O’ War” cocktail here on the Proper Pour.

Hi I’m Don Marsh and welcome to the Proper Pour we’re doing the “Man O’ War” cocktail today, this is named after a famous racehorse from 1919 and 1920 where he won 20 out of 21 races. So this will be a heavier bourbon cocktail we’re gonna be used bourbon and an orange liqueur this is out of France and a nice sweet vermouth, it’s gonna have a nice little lemon expression over the top and garnish with some maraschino cherries and lemon.

First, we’re going to start off with the Bourbon going to do 2 ounces, 1 ounce of your orange liqueur, and a half-ounce of your sweet vermouth, and a half-ounce lemon juice. Grab your stemware, Grab your ice, again with the density of ice stirring about 40-45 times. Your Hawthorne strainer. Expression take the lemon and you always want to have the peel side out. Squeeze in, get the oils into the cocktail. Rim it up. And that’s your “Man O’ War”

So with the “Man O’ War”, this is for anybody who likes the big boozy cocktails, again this is not your softer vodka kind of side of things so the bourbon vanilla really stands out. The orange liqueur is very prominent I love what the sweet Vermouth does it’s almost like a little play on a Manhattan instead of using rye your using a bourbon and the orange liqueur kind of lifts it into a different stratosphere because you are adding an orange liqueur now.  These are both sitting at 40% each and this typically, your vermouths are high teens low 20s in the percentage-wise.

Truly hope you enjoyed the “Man O’ War” cocktail join us in future episodes we will be doing more cocktails and mixes as well. Here on the Proper Pour