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Manhattan Drink

Manhattan Drink

Are you looking for an old school cocktail? Is 1870 old enough for you? The Manhattan is also known as the King of Cocktails and this drink has a great history behind it.

In the 1870’s Winston Churchill’s mother was hosting a party for then presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. Like a good hostess, she wanted signature cocktail to be served to the guests. This drink made with Whiskey, Vermouth and Bitters was created especially for the banquet and it was a big hit.

After that, people started asking for the drink by the name of the club where the party was held, The Manhattan Cocktail. Personally, I would have called it the Mother Churchill’s Cocktail but I wasn’t born for another 100 years, so I didn’t have a say in the matter.


Manhattan Drink Recipe

  • 2.5 ounces Canadian Whiskey (Kentucky Bourbon or Rye can also be used)
  • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • Dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Strain into a martini glass or an old fashioned glass on the rocks
Add Cherry

Dry Manhattan – Make it with dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth and serve it with a twist.

Perfect Manhattan – Make it with equal parts dry and sweet vermouth.

Bulleit Manhattan – Replace the Whiskey with Bulleit Bourbon.


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