And Cocktail -- The Ampersand

M Is For Magnificent -- The Manhattan

For such a consistently popular cocktail, the Manhattan doesn’t have a consistent origin story.  The only consensus is that it originated in New York City’s most famous borough no later than 1882. While the Manhattan Club may have created the cocktail (or at least took credit for it), some sources identify an unknown bartender at the Hoffman House bar as the creator. Surviving Prohibition and the changing tastes of the drinking public, the Manhattan deserves its reputation as a classic cocktail.

Manhattan2 ounces bourbon or rye
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine in a mixing glass with ice, stir with energy and style worthy of New York City, and strain into a chilled glass, preferably martini or coupe. Orange peel and/or Luxardo cherry garnish optional.

The Manhattan is a remarkably flexible cocktail. The 2:1 ratio between the bourbon or rye and sweet vermouth isn't set in stone. Depending on the whiskey's strength and the drinker's preferences, you may want to adjust the ratio. As with other drinks cocktails calling for vermouth, e.g. the Martini, make sure your vermouth is fresh. With the proliferation of bitters on the market, you can use different bitters and have equally spectacular results.

Can you have a lot of fun experimenting with the Manhattan? There's one way to find out.

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JustMe Citizen

While traveling on business we stumbled upon a restaurant in downtown Sumter, SC. We ordered Manhattans at the bar. The bartender said I don't use vermouth but I make ours with Tawny Port. We gave it a shot, & now I seldom use vermouth when making Manhattans at home.

Tina Rupp

Beautiful presentation. So pretty. I have an assortment of different Bourbons and bitters, Fresh Vermouth, and Luxardo Cherries. Only thing missing is Orange.Hmmmmmm.......

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