Day 26 of our 30 Cocktails in 30 Days: the Manhattan.
Mrs Romance loves New York more than anywhere else in the world, I reckon. Even more than Italy. Maybe even more than Sydney.
With that in mind, we couldn’t not put the Manhattan in our list. And also because it’s a classic. And it’s pretty tasty too!
The drink’s history dates back to the 1870s – in NYC of course – in the Manhattan Club, hence the name. Popular stories suggest the Manhattan was served at a banquet hosted by Lady Randolf Churchill – Winston Churchill’s mum.
The Manhattan is an acquired taste. There’s no juice or anything with this, so don’t expect an easy ride.
How to make a Manhattan
Here’s what you need:
For each drink
- Double measure of bourbon whiskey
- ½ measure of sweet vermouth
- 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
- Martini glass
- Maraschino cherry to garnish
- Orange rind twist
- Cocktail shaker, jigger measure, long spoon
Here’s what you do:
- Pour the bourbon, vermouth and Angostura bitters over ice into the shaker.
- Stir vigorously with the spoon.
- Place the cherry in the bottom of the martini glass.
- Rub the rim of the glass with the orange rind to scent the glass.
- Strain the cocktail over the cherry into the glass.
- Sit back and think of the Big Apple.
The original Manhattan called for rye whiskey (which I personally prefer), but it’s now more often made with a good bourbon.
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