Manhattan
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Manhattan
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.7 / 5
The Manhattan is a classic cocktail that exudes elegance and sophistication, offering a harmonious blend of red vermouth, Angostura bitters, rye whiskey, and bourbon. Served in a chic cocktail glass, ... more The Manhattan is a classic cocktail that exudes elegance and sophistication, offering a harmonious blend of red vermouth, Angostura bitters, rye whiskey, and bourbon. Served in a chic cocktail glass, this drink is a staple of refined social gatherings and upscale bar menus. Originating from New York City in the late 19th century, the Manhattan cocktail boasts a rich history and a flavor profile that balances the sweetness of vermouth with the complexity of whiskey and the subtle spiciness of bitters. Its enduring popularity makes it an essential component of the cocktail aficionado's repertoire, perfect for those who appreciate a timeless drink with depth and character.
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Base ingredient
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Red vermouth
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30.4% | 2.28 units *
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Classic

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Manhattan cocktail is a timeless masterpiece, artfully balancing the spicy undertones of rye whiskey with the subtle sweetness of red vermouth, perfectly punctuated by a dash of Angostura bitters for a complex, aromatic finish. Its robust flavor profile is elegantly smoothed by the addition of bourbon, making it a sophisticated choice that offers a rich tapestry of flavors, steeped in history and perfect for sipping at a refined gathering.

Method
How to make a Manhattan

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by stirring all the ingredients together with ice in a mixing glass to chill and dilute the mix, aiming for about 10-15 seconds of stirring
After stirring, strain the mixture into a glass that has been previously chilled in the freezer to ensure your drink stays colder longer

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Manhattan cocktail?

The Manhattan cocktail is believed to have originated in the late 19th century in New York City, specifically at the Manhattan Club. The story goes that it was invented for a banquet hosted by Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill, though this tale is widely considered apocryphal since Lady Randolph was reportedly in France at the time.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute other types of whiskey in a Manhattan?

Yes, while rye whiskey and bourbon are most traditionally used in a Manhattan, it is possible to substitute other types of whiskey according to personal preference. Canadian whisky, Irish whiskey, or even Scotch can be used, though these substitutions will significantly alter the cocktail's flavor profile.

FAQ

What is the significance of Angostura Bitters in a Manhattan?

Angostura Bitters play a crucial role in the Manhattan cocktail, adding complexity, depth, and balance to the drink. The bitters add a subtle spice and herbaceous layer that complements the sweetness of the vermouth and the rich flavors of the whiskey, creating a well-rounded and sophisticated taste.

FAQ

Is there a difference between a 'dry' Manhattan and a 'sweet' Manhattan?

Yes, the difference between a 'dry' Manhattan and a 'sweet' Manhattan lies in the type of vermouth used. A sweet Manhattan is made with sweet red vermouth, while a dry Manhattan uses dry vermouth instead. Additionally, a 'perfect' Manhattan is another variation that includes equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How should a Manhattan cocktail be garnished?

A classic Manhattan cocktail is typically garnished with a maraschino cherry, though a twist of orange peel can also be used. The garnish adds a final touch of flavor and aroma, enhancing the overall drinking experience. Some variations may include both cherry and orange peel for a beautiful and aromatic presentation.

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