The Manhattan is a cocktail favorite for good reason. This is the perfect drink for catching up with an old friend or after seeing every relative you have at Thanksgiving dinner. A rich blend of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, the Manhattan has an aroma that can be recognized almost immediately.
And as the first drink to make use of vermouth as a modifier, the Manhattan truly is the granddaddy of American cocktails. With the help of our local bartender friend, we’ll take you step-by-step in making this great drink.
STEP 1: Pour 2 Ounces of Rye Whiskey.
We decided to use Willett. Light bodied, but a strong barrel strength whiskey, we highly recommend it.
STEP 2: Add 1 Ounce of Sweet Vermouth.
We used Antica Formula. It’s richer and more complex than most red vermouths and makes one hell of a Manhattan.
STEP 3: Add a dash of Bitters.
STEP 4: Stir.
STEP 5: Pour.
STEP 6: Add a Cherry.
The cherry complements flavors in the whiskey and vermouth.
STEP 7: Drink & Repeat.