Ok I’m super excited to start my next seasonal theme! I’ve been dying to try my hand at some vintage classic cocktails, but when my girlfriends declared it the “Summer of Sangria” I put the classic cocktails on hold until well, now (a girl can only consume so much alcohol in a week!). I’ve always been intrigued by the complex and crafty classic cocktails of the past, but I have never actually tried my hand at any with the exception of the basics, you know, the cuba libre, screwdriver, classic martini, that kind of thing.
A few weeks back I saw someone order a Manhattan in a hotel lobby and I immediately knew it would be the first cocktail I would try. I’m pretty sure it was the colour of the cocktail and the maraschino cherry on top that piqued my interest, but don’t be fooled by a pretty colour and cute little cherry! I now understand the masculinity and chauvinism of men in the 60’s…the drinks were responsible! I’m pretty sure just one of these babies put a hair or two on my chest!
Some recipes call for bourbon whiskey, rye whiskey or Canadian whiskey, but from my research it seems that the original Manhattan was made with a Canadian rye whiskey…Go Canada!
classic cocktails: The Manhattan
A classic cocktail that is not for the faint of heart. Don’t be fooled by a pretty colour and cute little cherry! I now understand the masculinity and chauvinism of men in the 60’s…the drinks were responsible! I’m pretty sure just one of these babies put a hair or two on my chest!This drink is sure to put a hair or 2 on your chest! but
- 3 oz. Canadian rye whiskey
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
- Angostura bitters
- maraschino cherry
- Mix whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters and ice in a cocktail shaker and stir (not shake!)
- Strain into either a martini glass, or a rocks glass with ice and top with a cherry (I stuck with a martini glass while hubby opted for his in a rocks glass with ice.)