As Woody Allen said, “Man cannot live on bread alone. Frequently, there must be a beverage…” Stories vary on the origin of the Manhattan, but the one thing that virtually all of them agree upon is that the drink WAS invented in the city that bears its name. Easy, delicious, classic!
6 parts bourbon whisky
3 parts sweet vermouth
A couple dashes Angostura bitters
Maraschino cherry juice/liqueur (to taste)
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir or shake briskly. Strain into two chilled cocktail glasses. Garnish with maraschino cherry. Serves two.
Like martinis, varying the amounts of vermouth, bitters, and maraschino juice can alter the flavor of the drink significantly. Less vermouth = dry, more vermouth = sweet… You’ll have to experiment to get it the way you like it. (The experimentation is the best part of the process!)
As always, enjoy (responsibly, please)!
Brett & Kelly