One of the finest and oldest cocktails, this is a true classic cocktail. The Manhattan was the first cocktail that used vermouth as a modifier. As with a Martini, there are slight variations of the drink that are a matter of preference (see the list below).
I had been under the impression for the longest time that a Manhattan used Canadian or bourbon whiskey but after a few traditionalist Manhattanite's comments and a couple of drinks I'm convinced that rye whiskey makes the best Manhattan. After all, it was the original whiskey used for the drink. Though, there was a time when rye was not as widely available or as good as it is today, but after a revival, rye is back. That said, ultimately, the choice is yours as the drinker and if you prefer another whiskey in your Manhattan, go with it.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- 2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
- 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
- Maraschino cherry for garnish
- Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
- Stir well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with the cherry.
Close Variations on the Manhattan:
- Dry Manhattan- Use a dash of dry vermouth and garnish with a lemon twist.
- Perfect Manhattan- Equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth. Garnish with a lemon twist.
- Brandy Manhattan- Replace whiskey with brandy.
- Scotch Manhattan- Replace whiskey with Scotch.
- Southern Comfort Manhattan- Replace whiskey with Southern Comfort.