The Manhattan

This cocktail is a classic. The Manhattan is a drink that predates the Martini as one of the first cocktails to introduce vermouth as a main ingredient in conjunction with the base liquor. Traditionally made with sweet vermouth, using bourbon as the base, the Manhattan is truly a one-of-a-kind cocktail that is smooth to the taste and easy on the eyes. The look of a balanced, well-constructed Manhattan is one that exemplifies class and sophistication. If you’re a single guy, and you see a girl at a fine drinking establishment enjoying one of these cocktails, it would be well worth your while to strike up a conversation…but beware: she may be out of your league.

The Manhattan was created in the late 1800’s at a time when Italian (sweet) vermouth was making its way into popular use on the cocktailian scene. Though it’s not quite clear who invented the drink, it’s likely that it was first created in New York City at an establishment named the Manhattan Club.

As with many cocktails that have been around for more than a century, the Manhattan has its variations. My preferred recipe is derived directly from Gary Regan’s “The Joy of Mixology”. I prefer Regan’s recipe for its incredible look, and the complex, yet smooth taste achieved with the perfect balance of ingredients. Here’s how it goes:

2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes angostura bitters
1 maraschino cherry

The Ingredients
(Don’t mind the bottle of Coppola Malbec in the corner…great bottle of wine though!)

Stir the liquid ingredients (including the bitters) in an ice-filled mixing glass or shaker. This is not a shaken cocktail. For the best results in terms of look and taste, stir the ingredients gently until cold.

Stir in an ice-filled glass or shaker

Add the cherry to a chilled cocktail glass, and pour the stirred mixture over the cherry.

Pour over the cherry garnish

And there you have it…the classic Manhattan. The drink that’s as thrilling as NYC, and just as intoxicating.

The Manhattan

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