A Perfect Winter Cocktail
When it’s cold and crisp outside a Manhattan is a great welcoming cocktail.
When entertaining, Manhattans can be made before guests arrive. Present them on a tray near the entry. Once guests remove their outerwear a beautiful cocktail awaits them.
There is a good bit of discussion among the cocktail community whether bourbon or rye is best.
Rye was the original player and then bourbon made its way onto the Manhattan scene. The difference is rye creates a spicer libation and bourbon creates a mellow sweetness.
It is the same proportion of each no matter your choice of liquor.
Another discussion is the amount of vermouth. Everyone agrees, that a good quality italian vermouth is necessary. But the ratio is up for debate. The classic Manhattan calls for a 2:1 ration of Rye/Bourbon to Vermouth. As I researched opinions, common statements of “a cap full” or “…it’s a 4:1 ration for me” were popular comments on recipes.
I know from my own experience with Mr. Manhattan, It depends on my mood and time of evening. Bourbon after dinner and Rye during cocktail hour.
If you want to read more about the history and perspective, visit the an article written by Liquor.com
Without further adieu, here are the ingredients for a classic Manhattan.
Classic Manhattan Cocktail
- 2 ounces rye or bourbon
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 dash orange bitters
- Garnish: brandied cherry
- In mixing glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice
- combine whiskey, vermouth, and bitters.
- Stir well, about 20 seconds,
- Then strain into cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a brandied cherry and serve.
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