- Aug 7, 2011
The Manhattan. Arguably the greatest, or at least one of the greatest, cocktails ever concocted. It's a sturdy and fortifying drink that's perfect at the end of a long day, although it's strong flavours make it a drink not suited for everyone's taste.
But if you're up for it, a well-made Manhattan is a truly wonderful imbibing experience.
2 ounces rye whisky
1 ounce Italian vermouth
1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
Pour ingredients into a mixing glass with plenty of cracked ice and stir well, until cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist
Notes for making the best Manhattan cocktail
1. Use rye whiskey for a true Manhattan. While many people opt for bourbon instead, I find that bourbon makes for a drink that's far too sweet and thick on the palate.
2. The most typical method of garnishing a Manhattan is to drop in a Maraschino cherry. I prefer a lemon twist, expressed over the top and dropped in. Your call.
3. Some people suggest shaking the ingredients. I prefer to stir my Manhattan, as well as other drinks that include only spirits. this gives your drink a lovely clarity that adds to the cocktail's overall presentation. But again, if you prefer to shake, it's really your choice. Try both methods and see which you prefer.
Here's a take on the shaken vs. stirred debate from cocktail expert Robert Hess:
How do you feel about the Manhattan? Love it? Hate it? Never tried it?