One of the most popular cocktails in the world, the Manhattan is elegant, sophisticated and classy, like a 1930’s Art Deco skyscraper. Timeless.
The Manhattan is a a classic cocktail created in New York City to honor Mayor and later Governor Samuel J. Tilden.
In the context of degrees of separation, Tilden was also honored by having a US Army for named for him in The Rockaways, where our Publisher was born and raised. His grandfather, a restaurateur and chef used to occasionally tend bar in the family’s restaurant in Brooklyn, not far from Tilden Avenue. Our publisher’s grandfather’s favorite drink was The Manhattan. Oh, how things go in circles.
While many prefer rye in their Manhattan, it’s likely the original was made with Bourbon as Tilden was a “Bourbon Democrat”. The term “Bourbon” was mostly used quite disparagingly, by critics complaining of old-fashioned viewpoints. Their political platform would today be called “Conservative”.
- 1 3/4 ounce rye or bourbon
- 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 dash aromatic bitters (optional)
- a Maraschino cherry
- Stir liquid ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and strain or blend.
- Add a cherry to a cocktail glass (4.5 ounce) and serve.