Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thirsty Thursday: Manhattan

When it's all about class and feeling like royalty when you drink, the Manhattan is your best bet. One of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury's classic The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, since World War II they are the traditional cocktail of merchant, yachting, and Coast Guard Auxiliary commodores.

The drink originated in the 1870's at New York's famous Manhattan Club. It was specifically invented for a banquet thrown by Winston Churchill's mother, Jennie Jerome, in honor of Presidential Candidate Samuel J. Tilden.

So successful was the banquet, that people began asking for the drink as "That Manhattan cocktail" elsewhere in the city.

My only caution with this drink: If you're not a Whiskey drinker, steer clear.

2 Ounces Rye Whiskey (Jamesons 1780, but you're going to drop $50 per bottle)
1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Bitters
1 Cherry

Shake Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth and bitters in a shaker. Strain into a cocktail or martini glass. Garnish With cherry, Enjoy!

(A popular version of this drink is a Rob Roy, which is made with Scotch Whiskey instead of Rye.)

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