history of the Manhattan cocktail is surrounded with mystery, controversy,
variations and story-telling. Wait - that seems to be the story surrounding
most popular cocktails. Who invented the drink (was it Winston Churchill's
mother?) and which type of whiskey was originally used (American rye,
Canadian rye, or bourbon) is unknown, and it really doesn't matter. The
drink is named after Manhattan Island in New York, where it may or may not
have been invented. Some stir; some shake.
My recipe is not completely classic, but this is my blog and my Manhattan
recipe. I use Rye,
Overholt, in fact, and quite a bit. If you can't find
amarena cherries (Trader Joe's carries them), regular maraschino
cherries will do.
NOTE: Most recipes call for 2 ounces of rye.
3 ounces Old Everholt Rye Whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
3 dashes Angostura bitters
One Amerena or Maraschino cherry, on a skewer
Fill shaker half-full with ice. Pour the whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters
in shaker. Shake it five times. Let it rest for about one minute, while the
garnish is skewered and placed in a cocktail (martini) glass. Shake five
more times, then strain into the glass.
Makes one cocktail.
Until my next update, I remain, your Manhattan correspondent.
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