The Manhattan

The Manhattan is a very old cocktail, most likely having been invented in the 1870's at New Yorks Manhattan Club from which it gets its name. It has the same sort of simplicity as a Martini, but with much more flavour. Originally, like most American Whiskey drinks prior to prohibition, this cocktail was made with Rye. Today, it is more commonly made with Bourbon, but only because there are a lot more Bourbon's on the market then there are Rye's. If you can find a good Rye, like Jim Beam's then by all means try it. The key to a good Manhattan is to create the right balance of all the flavours that go into it.

  • 60ml Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
  • 25ml Rosso Vermouth (sweet)
  • 4 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • Method: Pour the whiskey and Vermouth into a cocktail shaker. Add bitters, plenty of ice cubes and shake. Strain into Martini glass.
    Note: Canadian Whisky can be used as a substitute. - notes partially sourced from