Saturday, November 27, 2010

30 for 30 Day 2-- The Perfect Manhattan

Whisky... I mean who doesn't love Whisky???  Rye, Canadian, Bourbon, Blended, and Tennessee.. Plenty of selection here you think? Well all of those can be used to make today's classic cocktail, the "Perfect Manhattan".

A little history for this wonderful drink....

History suggests that this drink was created at the Manhattan club in NYC(starting to see a trend here with Classics, but that will be discussed later on in the 30 for 30) for a banquet for then presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden in the early 1870s. That's a long time for a drink to still be around and be relevant still today. Now while that is the most popular story tracing this drink back to its roots, there are other accounts that it was created by a bartender in the 1860s by a bartender named Black at a bar on Broadway near Houston street in NYC.

Now there are a few different recipe variations but this is the one most commonly used..

The Perfect Manhattan
2 oz Whisky
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2oz Dry Vermouth
Dash of Bitters
Swirl with ice to chill, Pour into a cocktail glass, and Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry


The Manhattan is subject to alot of change, variation, and innovation. Ive Been known to play around with the recipe and use lime juice, Cointreau, triple Sec, and many other flavors and ingredients to put a spin on the Manhattan.

There are many ways to enjoy a Manhattan. I prefer the original recipe and made with Makers 46. But here are a few ways that you can enjoy a Manhattan...

Dry Manhattan- No sweet Vermouth, only dry. This drink was made popular by Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.
Cuban Manhattan- A perfect Manhattan made with Dark Rum(Appleton, Goslings, or Meyers for the best results).
Royal Manhattan- A perfect Manhattan, made with Crown Royal Canadian Whisky.

So this has easily become a favorite of mine, and hopefully after reading this if you haven't had a Manhattan yet, You'll try one ASAP!!!

Until next time
Mr.Mixologist