The Classic Manhattan Cocktail is an old school cocktail that never goes out of style. The blend of whiskey, vermouth, and bitters is easy to make and easy to drink!
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What is a Classic Manhattan Cocktail?
While cocktails grow fancier and more complicated by the day - Bourbon with Orange-Thyme Syrup and Roasted Cherry Splash. I made that up, but you get what I'm taking about! Sometimes I want fancy and sometimes I want to get back into my rat pack groove and sip a classic. This time it was a Manhattan.
The history of the Manhattan is kind of murky. It shows up as early as the 1860's. According to Wikipedia:A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Commonly used whiskeys include rye (the traditional choice), Canadian whiskey, bourbon, blended whiskey and Tennessee Whiskey.
Variation of a Manhattan Cocktail
Even though the Manhattan is a classic just the way it is, it's approach can be easily varied. Some stir, some shake. Some use rye and some use bourbon or Canadian Whisky. You can also change up the bitters, using your own homemade bitters (which I am planning on trying), add some maraschino cherry juice, or even switch out the vermouth.
A Perfect Manhattan is an easy variation - instead of using one vermouth you use 1/2 sweet vermouth and 1/2 dry vermouth.
There are lots of variations on the Manhattan: A Rob Roy, A Dry Manhattan, A Perfect Manhattan, A Brandy Manhattan, A Metropolitan, A Cuban Manhattan, a Tijuana Manhattan, and one of my favorites The Fourth Regiment! The possibilities are endless!
For our Manhattan, we chose Willet Straight Rye Whiskey.
How to Make a Classic Manhattan Cocktail
Who doesn't love an easy 4 ingredient cocktail, especially when one of those ingredients is the garnish! Making a Classic Manhattan Cocktail is so easy!
Fill a cocktail mixing glass halfway with ice and add rye whiskey (or bourbon or Canadian Whiskey), sweet vermouth, and a couple of dashes of Angostura Bitters. Stir. Strain into a chilled cocktails glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
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Classic Manhattan Cocktail
- 2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Maraschino Cherry for garnish
- Fill a cocktail mixing glass halfway up with ice.
- Add whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Stir to combine.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.