Cocktail Week: The Manhattan

Is there a drink that tastes as good as a well made Manhattan? I’ve always thought of the Manhattan as an old man’s drink, but apparently it originated from The Manhattan Club in the 1870s and was made specifically for Winston Churchill’s mother.

Cocktail Week: The Manhattan

I’m no Lady Randolph Churchill, but the BF made me a delicious one that’s a variation from the classic formula. Instead of using just sweet vermouth, he mixed dry with sweet. He also used a dash of the Boker’s Bitters he picked up over the weekend, which I’ll most likely devote a whole post about soon.  The bitters gave the drink a nice chocolatey after-taste. Using the mixture of dry and sweet vermouth (suggested here) also helped to make this drink taste more balanced (for me anyway) because it wasn’t too sweet.

Recipe (via art of drink):
Take 2 dashes Maraschino.
1 pony of rye whiskey.
1 wine-glass of vermouth.
3 dashes of Boker’s bitters.
2 small lumps of ice.

The BF then made himself another variation of the Manhattan. It was a little too sweet for my tastes, but he enjoyed it.

Cocktail Week: The BF Manhattan

His recipe:

2 parts rye
1 part sweet vermouth
dash maraschino
dash agnostura bitters

garnish with lemon twist (zested over the chilled glass) or brandied
cherry (wish I had one!) in a cocktail glass or coupe.