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How to make a Man o War Cocktail

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Ingredients for a Man o War Cocktail:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 ozorange curaçao or triple sec
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Garnish: lemon peel
  • Garnish: brandied cherry

Instructions for how to make a Man o War Cocktail:

  • Pour bourbon, orange curaçao (or triple sec), sweet vermouth and lemon juice into a shaker with ice
  • Shake for 9 seconds
  • Strain into a chilled glass.
  • Garnish with a skewered lemon peel and brandied cherry.
man o war cocktail

Man o War Cocktail

Looking for a refreshing cocktail to try out this weekend? Look no further than this delicious and easy-to-make recipe for a whiskey-based Man o War!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 200 kcal


  • shaker
  • glass
  • ice maker


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • oz orange curaçao or triple sec
  • .5 oz lemon juice, freshly squeezed


  • Add bourbon, orange curaçao (or triple sec), sweet vermouth and lemon juice into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    Garnish with a skewered lemon peel and brandied cherry.
Keyword Man o War, Wan o War Cocktail

Set Sail with This Refreshing Bourbon Cocktail

Why It’s Refreshing

When the weather’s hot and muggy, sometimes you need something to cool you down. Enter this refreshing bourbon cocktail. With a blend of sweet vermouth, orange curaçao, and lemon juice, this drink is like a cool ocean breeze on a sweltering summer day.

The Flavor Profile

The Man o War is a cocktail that packs a punch but in the most delicious way possible. The smooth and mellow notes of the bourbon are complemented by the sweet, fruity flavors of the orange curaçao and sweet vermouth. And the tangy zing of freshly squeezed lemon juice balances out the sweetness for a perfect blend of flavors.

The Taste

One sip of this refreshing cocktail, and you’ll feel like you’re floating on a cloud. The initial kick of the bourbon is quickly tempered by the sweetness of the vermouth and curaçao, leaving a warm and satisfying taste in your mouth. And the bright acidity of the lemon juice adds a pop of flavor that keeps your taste buds dancing.

When to Drink It

The Man o War is the perfect drink to enjoy any time of day or night. Whether you’re enjoying a lazy Sunday brunch or catching up with friends over dinner, this refreshing cocktail will surely hit the spot. It’s especially delicious on a warm summer day when you need something to cool you down.

The Man o War is a refreshing and satisfying cocktail that’s sure to please anyone who loves a good bourbon drink. With its balanced blend of flavors and easy drinkability, it’s the perfect choice for any occasion. So set sail with this refreshing cocktail, and enjoy a little taste of paradise.


The Mystery Behind the Man o War

Legend has it that this refreshing bourbon cocktail was first invented by a group of thirsty sailors on a long voyage across the high seas. They were desperate for something to quench their thirst, so they raided the ship’s pantry and mixed together whatever they could find. What emerged was the Man o War, a sweet and tangy concoction that immediately became the talk of the ship.

A Cocktail Fit for a Champion

While the origin of the Man o War remains mysterious, one thing is clear: this cocktail is a true champion. In fact, it’s said to be named after the famous racehorse who won the Triple Crown in 1920. Just like its equine namesake, the Man o War cocktail is a true winner, with a blend of flavors that will have you coming back for more. So why not raise a glass to the sailors and the racehorse who inspired this delicious cocktail, and enjoy a little taste of history?

How Many Calories Does This Drink Have?

If you’re counting calories, you might wonder how many are in a Man o War cocktail. The good news is that this drink is relatively low in calories compared to other cocktails. A standard Man o War cocktail made with the ingredients listed above contains approximately 200-250 calories. The exact number of calories may vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients used, as well as the size of the drink. To keep the calorie count even lower, you could opt for a lighter version of the Man o War by using a sugar-free orange curaçao or triple sec, and by cutting back on the amount of sweet vermouth used. While the Man o War may not be the lowest-calorie drink, it’s still a delicious and refreshing choice that won’t completely derail your diet. Just remember to drink responsibly and in moderation.

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Drink on a table with a nice garnish

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