The Manhattan: Whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters.
While these are the basic ingredients that comprise the classic cocktail, there are several different variations, such as the inclusion of orange bitters or Maraschino cherries. This sophisticated and timeless drink dates back to the 1870s, where it is known to have originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City. The success of the drink prompted bar patrons to request the cocktail after the namesake club – and this is how “the Manhattan” was invented.
How to make a Manhattan:
2 oz whiskey
1 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 Maraschino cherry for garnish
Mix ice, whiskey, vermouth, and bitters in a shaker
Stir or shake
Strain the drink into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a Maraschino cherry or lemon twist
A Manhattan can be made using American rye whiskey, Canadian whiskey, or bourbon. Orange bitters can be used over the traditional Angostura bitters. A lemon or orange peel can be used as garnish, in place of a Maraschino cherry, depending on how sweet or bitter you want the drink. It can be shaken or stirred with ice and then strained into a cocktail glass without ice.
Dry Manhattan: Made with dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth, a twist replaces the cherry garnish to reduce the cocktail’s sweetness.
Perfect Manhattan: Made with equal parts dry and sweet vermouth.
LB Steak Manhattan: Bulleit rye whiskey, Carpano Antica, chocolate bitters. The sweet vermouth and chocolate bitters add a sweet twist to this classic cocktail, made with the highest quality rye whiskey.