While cocktails grow fancier and more complicated by the day – Bourbon with Orange-Thyme Syrup and Roasted Cherry Splash. I made that up, but you get what I’m taking about! Sometimes I want fancy and sometimes I want to get back into my rat pack groove and sip a classic. This time it was a Manhattan. The history of the Manhattan is kind of murky. It shows up as early as the 1860’s. According to Wikipedia:A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Commonly used whiskeys include rye (the traditional choice), Canadian whiskey, bourbon, blended whiskey and Tennessee Whiskey.
Even though the Manhattan is a classic just the way it is, it’s approach can be easily varied. Some stir, some shake. Some use rye and some use bourbon or Canadian Whiskey. You can also change up the bitters, using your own homemade bitters (which I am planning on trying), add some maraschino cherry juice, or even switch out the vermouth. There are lots of variations on the Manhattan: A Rob Roy, A Dry Manhattan, A Perfect Manhattan, A Brandy Manhattan, A Metropolitan, A Cuban Manhattan, a Tijuana Manhattan, and one of my favorites The Fourth Regiment! The possibilities are endless!
For our Manhattan, we chose Willet Straight Rye Whiskey. This four ingredient cocktail is a classic for a reason. So smooth and so sip-able. It was the perfect accompaniment to the latest episode of Downton Abbey!
- 2 oz rye whiskey
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 maraschino cherry
- Combine whiskey, vermouth, bitters and ice (about 4 cubes) in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into chilled glass. Drop in maraschino cherry and serve.
Make this Manhattan:
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