Manhattan Cocktail

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  • 5 cl Rye Whiskey
  • 2 cl Red Vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
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Often called the “King of Cocktails” or the “Drinking Man’s Cocktail”, Manhattan is a very potent drink and one of the legendary six classic cocktails included in David Embury’s famous book, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. The Manhattan is a cocktail made with a mixture of whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters and garnished most often with a maraschino cherry.

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How to make it

  1. Pour all ingredients into stirring glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with cocktail cherry.

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History of the Cocktail

Regularly regarded as one of the best cocktails ever created, the Manhattan has a long and debated history. The cocktail was supposedly first invented at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s.

Legend has it that the drink was invented for a banquet hosted by Lady Randolph Churchill (Winston Churchill’s mother) in honour of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. The success of the banquet quickly made the cocktail fashionable in New York City’s powerful circles and prompted many people to request the drink by referring to the name of the club where it originated, calling it “the Manhattan cocktail.”

However, like with almost every cocktail on this list, there is great debate as to the truth behind this account of the Manhattan.

In fact, some claim that while the drink may have first been mixed at the Manhattan Club, Lady Churchill had nothing to do with the banquet honouring Samuel Tilden and, in fact, was in England at the time giving birth to her soon-to-be-famous son.

Another legend says that a bartender with the last name Black invented the Manhattan at a bar on Broadway in New York City sometime in the 1860s.

Whatever the true story, this cocktail does indeed bear the name of the island from which it came.

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