Sunday, May 10, 2009

How To Make A Manhattan Cocktail

Are you looking for an old school cocktail? Is 1870 old enough for you? The Manhattan cocktail is tasty and it is also an important part of cocktail history. Here is it’s interesting origin and some of the best recipes for making a Manhattan cocktail.
In the 1870’s, Winston Churchill’s mother was hosting a party for then presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. This cocktail was created especially for the banquet and it was a big hit. Mr. Tilden lost the election wound up losing the election but his party drink became famous. 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 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.
What other drink can boast a lineage to Winston Churchill’s family and taste great at the same time? There’s a popular saying, what’s old is new again and it’s true of the Manhattan. Why not make a Manhattan cocktail today?

1 comment:

  1. Always has been tasty - always will!
    - Julianhw