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Classic Manhattan

Classic Manhattan

Another one of my favorite stand-by drinks is the Classic Manhattan.

What you’ll need:  Whiskey, vermouth, bitters, and maraschino cherries.

Chill a martini glass in the refrigerator or on ice.  In a shaker, pour 2 ounces Whiskey, 1 ounce Vermouth, and a dash of bitters over cracked ice.  Then shake (or stir) briskly.  Strain into your chilled glass.  Garnish with maraschino cherries.

How I like it:  Not with bourbon!  Though the Manhattan can be made with bourbon (and I have had it served this way), I don’t care for the taste.  I prefer Whiskey.  Unlike with a gin martini, I don’t yet have a favorite brand of Whiskey.  In fact, though this is a stand-by drink for me when dining out, I only made it for the first time at home for the photo accompanying this post!

The dash of bitters is optional.  I either can never find them or forget to look when stocking up on bar supplies.  I’ve heard Angostura bitters are best, but other brands are available.  Bitters is a bittersweet alcoholic beverage flavored with various herbal essences.  However, the maraschino cherries are a must.  I’ll even add just a bit of the cherry juice and up to three cherries.

The Manhattan cocktail dates back as far as the 1870s.  As with the classic martini, the Manhattan has variations in the proportions and ingredients, and it can be a very personalized drink.  Check a bartending guide or the internet for other ways to make it.

And remember, drink responsibly!

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