The Manhattan cocktail is simple, elegant, and overflowing with class—the perfect drink to round out a long day at the office or enjoy under candlelight with a loved one. You should always use rye whiskey (some Canadian whiskies with a high percentage of rye will do in a pinch), and we recommend a quality sweet vermouth like Noilly Prat Rouge, Carpano Antica, or Dolin Rouge. If you're going to garnish with a cherry, make it a good one and use Luxardo cherries.
The Manhattan traces its roots to the late 19th century, and was probably invented somewhere in New York City. Though the famed Manhattan Club claims that it was invented there at a party for Winston Churchill's mother in 1874, research by cocktail historian David Wondrich seems to disprove the story. More likely, it came about at a long-forgotten bar sometime in the 1860s. Regardless of when it was first concocted, though, this is one of the most legendary whiskey cocktails in the world for a reason.
|2 oz rye whiskey|
|0.5-1 oz sweet vermouth (to taste)|
|2 dashes Angostura bitters|
|1 maraschino cherry and/or 1 orange twist (optional)|
How to make a Manhattan
- Combine all ingredients except garnish in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a cherry, orange twist, or nothing at all and serve.