The Manhattan Cocktail of New York City is just one of several whiskey cocktails to experience. When you think of a whiskey cocktail that has stood the test of time and social gatherings, then the Manhattan springs to mind. Its origin has been a fascination to lovers of whiskey and social gatherings for many years.
While I was perusing my copy of Dave Broom’s book, Whisky: The Manual, I discovered that “According to legend it was “invented” in 1874 at the Manhattan Club in New York City for Jennie Jerome (Winston Churchill’s mother).” I believe researchers are probably still trying to determine the origins of the Manhattan and whether or not the cocktail what named after Ms. Jerome.
The book offer many tidbits on how and when the Manhattan originated. Lovers of Whisk(e)y the world over are probably thankful to add the Manhattan as another cocktail to quench their thirst.
The Manhattan is a great cocktail to have when you and your friends get together on the weekends. In fact why wait till you friends come to enjoy a Manhattan when you can mix one now. Depended upon where the whiskey is distilled, many bartenders or mixologists will have their different versions of a Manhattan which are derived from the different types of whiskies.
I suggest you pick you a copy of Dave Broom’s book, Whisky: The Manual and look up the Manhattan as well as some of the other Manhattan variations. This is not the only book available which provide recipes for making a Manhattan whiskey cocktails. Many single cocktail recipes can be either Googled or searched via the Internet.
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- 2fl oz. whiskey
- 1 fl oz. sweet vermouth
- 4-6 dashes of Angostura bitters
- Add all ingredients except for the cherry to a cocktail shaker.
- Put the shaker top or cap on top of the shaker and gently shake the contents.
- Remove shaker top and place cocktail strainer over top of shaker.
- Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish the cocktail with a maraschino cherry and enjoy.