Manhattan

Manhattan

The Manhattan cocktail is the answer to the Martini for those who do not like gin but love whiskey.  Like any drink that uses straight spirits, it should be stirred with plenty of ice (not shaken) and double strained into a stemmed cocktail glass. The rest is a matter of preference. Some say 2 parts whiskey to 1 part vermouth, others say 3 parts whiskey to 1 part vermouth.  And yes, you can use bourbon in place of rye. However, the original was made with straight rye since rye is the predominant crop in the north like New York, whereas bourbon is more common in the south.  I doubt most people can taste the difference, but if you think you can, order it or make it whichever way you like.  At the bottom of the page you can see a video I made on it, how to make it wrong, and how to make it correctly: youtube.com/watch?v=pyGVX54K5TY&t=5s

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Abbott’s Bitters (if you can find them)
  • Cherry garnish