Manhattan

from The Craft of the Cocktail

  • 2 ounces Rye Whiskey
  • 1 ounce Sweet Italian Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Cherry (Garnish)

Pour all the ingredients over ice in a mixing glass and stir as you would a Martini. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the cherry.

THE MANHATTAN IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL RYE COCKTAIL — EXCEPT IN MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN, WHERE THEY PREFER BRANDY MANHATTANS; OR DOWN SOUTH, WHERE BOURBON MANHATTANS ARE THE CHOICE. LEGEND HAS IT THAT IN 1874, A BARTENDER AT THE MANHATTAN CLUB CREATED THE MANHATTAN WHEN JENNIE CHURCHILL (MOTHER OF WINSTON) THREW A PARTY FOR HER FATHER'S FRIEND, THE NEWLY ELECTED GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK, SAMUEL JAMES TILDEN. (TILDEN LAYS CLAIM TO ANOTHER FOOTNOTE IN HISTORY: LIKE VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE, HE WAS DEFEATED IN HIS 1876 BID FOR THE PRESIDENCY EVEN THOUGH HE WON THE POPULAR VOTE, JUST AFTER HE WAS ELECTED GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK.) THE FORMULA FOR THE MANHATTAN-STYLE DRINK IS TWO OR THREE PARTS OF WHISKEY TO ONE PART SWEET VERMOUTH. FOR THE PERFECT MANHATTAN, BOTH SWEET AND DRY VERMOUTH ARE USED. SINCE NEW YORK WAS A RYE TOWN IN THOSE DAYS, THE ORIGINAL MANHATTAN WAS MADE WITH RYE WHISKEY. ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS SPIN-OFFS IS THE ROB ROY.