Some like to add an orange twist in addition to, or instead of, the cherry. I have been known to tip in a scant 1/4 teaspoon of the cherry juice to balance the cocktail a little better, as I found the cherry sweetness rounds out the vermouth and bitters in the drink.
(I did once order a Manhattan in a dive bar and the bartender added a generous pour of the juice from the jar of maraschino cherries, which was way too much. But a tiny dash does hight the other flavors.)
2ouncesblended Scotch whisky
1/4teaspooncandied cherry juice,optional, (from the jar)
candied or maraschino cherry,for garnish
1. Add the whisky, vermouth, bitters, and cherry juice (if using) to a mixing glass.
2. Fill the glass three-quarters full with ice cubes and stir briskly until well-chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with cherry.