Saturday Evening Cocktail Blogging: the Manhattan

by Will on October 24, 2010

1 1/2 oz. bourbon, rye, or Canadian whiskey

3/4 oz. sweet vermouth

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Stir ingredients in ice, serve straight up with a cherry

Many in the cocktail set say that this should only properly be made with an American whiskey. I think such narrow provincialism has no place in the modern world, and generally use Canadian Club. But I’ve also had great success using Old Overholt rye whiskey. And there are many good bourbons on the market these days.


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WordWrestler October 24, 2010 at 7:03 am

I am quite enjoying the aptly-named Perfect Manhattan, made with rye, orange bitters, and a lemon twist.


Will October 25, 2010 at 1:39 am

I am skeptical of drinks that call for orange bitters with a dark liquor, but trust your recommendation enough that I will give it a try. I take it that “perfect” means you use both sweet and dry vermouth? Also, what brand of orange bitters do you use?


WordWrestler October 25, 2010 at 2:32 am

You are correct about the sweet and dry vermouth.. I’m using Stirrings blood orange bitters. And Redemption Rye.


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