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 Bourbons on the market then there are Ryes. If you can find a good Rye, like some of those suggested below, then by all means try them. The key to a good Manhattan is to create the right balance of all the flavours that go into it. There are many variations too. For example, you can make a "Dry Manhattan" by simply using Dry Vermouth instead of sweet.

  • 60ml Bourbon or Rye Whiskey (see suggestions below).
  • 25ml Rosso Vermouth (sweet)
  • 4 dashes Angostura Bitters or equivalent

  • Method: Pour the whiskey and Vermouth into a cocktail shaker. Add bitters, plenty of ice cubes and shake (or stir, as some prefer). Strain into Martini or Old Fashioned glass.
    Note: Canadian Whisky can be used as a substitute. - notes partially sourced from www.drinkboy.com
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