Manhattan Cocktail

There are some who adhere to dry-martini dogma when making a manhattan, thinking the drink improves with less vermouth. But the classic, best and most flavorful ratio for this drink remains two to one. Whether you use bourbon or rye is entirely a matter of taste. Bourbon will get you a slightly sweeter, more mellow drink; rye a drier, spicier one.

Both versions can be excellent. Use homemade cocktail cherries if possible, or a quality brand like Luxardo. Eschew the common neon-red orbs found in supermarkets. They are cherries the way that stuff movies theaters put on popcorn is butter.

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Manhattan Cocktail

Manhattan Cocktail

  • Author: Lindsey Bell
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Category: Cocktails

Description

There are some who adhere to dry-martini dogma when making a manhattan, thinking the drink improves with less vermouth.


Ingredients

  • 2 ounces rye or bourbon
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Cocktail cherry, for garnish

Instructions

Stir ingredients over ice until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with cherry.