December 2, 2004
A manhattan was introduced to me my girlfriend'd dad and it is a dinner time winner. Mine are made preferably with VO whiskey, sweet vermouth, and a ton of bitters. Be careful with these drinks, they can be made quite strong.
A Manhattan is made with rye whiskey or bourbon, sweet vermouth (proportions vary from a "sweet" 1:1 to a "dry" 4:1), and a dash of bitters. The cocktail version is stirred with ice and strained into a cocktail glass, garnished with a Maraschino cherry with a stem. Unless specifically requested, the Bitters is omitted at many bars. Sometimes juice from the cherry jar is added to the cocktail to add sweetness and color.
A popular myth suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City, where it was invented at a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston's mother) in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. Enjoyable as the tale might be, research has debunked it.
The Wisconsinites out there traditionally make them with Christian Brothers brandy rather than bourbon. Therefore, it is crucial to specify your preferred spirit when traveling in these areas to avoid disappointment.
Variations on the Manhattan
· A Rob Roy is a cocktail with a certain structural similarity to a Manhattan and
also to the ubiquitous Martini. The Manhattan is made with bourbon whiskey
and sweet vermouth, while the Rob Roy is made with Scotch whisky and sweet
vermouth. as its principal ingredient.
· A Perfect Manhattan is made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth.
· A Cuban Manhattan is a Perfect Manhattan with dark rum as its principal
· A popular Florida option consists of a lime instead of the cherry, bitters , and
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