Happy Hour: The Manhattan

Do you know the real story behind this classic cocktail? Neither did we until today…

The Manhattan, as with most other classic drinks, has varying origin stories. In an effort to avoid confusion, we’re just going to share our favorites. Perception is reality, right?

In the early 1870’s, Winston Churchill’s mother threw a banquet at the Manhattan Club in New York City. Dr Iain Marshall is said to have invented the drink this evening which was received quite well by the attendees. Popularity of the cocktail then began to spread around the entire city, with people simply referring to it as the drink they had at the event, “The Manhattan Cocktail”. Given that Churchill’s mother, Lady Randolph, was actually in France at this time indicates that this story is likely a fiction, however.

One other account is that the drink was invented at a bar near Houston Street near Broadway in Manhattan.

Regardless, it’s an age old drink that is still regularly enjoyed today. If you’ve never had one, get ready to be swept back to late 19th century NYC.

As always, we recommend trying this one at the bar tonight before buying the necessary ingredients for your home bar. This is a great one for at home, though, being that the ingredients are so simple.

What you’ll need:

2 oz Rye Whiskey

.75 oz Sweet Vermouth

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Maraschino or Luxardo Cherry for garnish

Mix the whiskey, vermouth and bitters in a stirring glass with ice and stir 25 times or until the bite of the alcohol has been slightly subdued. Strain into a coupe glass or over ice in an old fashioned glass and garnish with the cherry.


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