By Dave Stolte
The Manhattan is where we start to get all fancy and what-have-you. Break out the cocktail glasses. If you don’t like whiskey, you’ll hate this one. And it could care less. Take it or leave it. The Manhattan is commonly made with bourbon, but the real authentic style is with rye. Check out how just two ingredients (whiskey and vermouth) take a couple drops of bitters for a ride and create an amazing depth of flavor. Here’s where you’ll see why stirring spirits-only drinks makes a difference versus shaking. If you’re curious, try one shaken really hard so you can see the difference – and so you’ll know why to send one back if it’s made wrong.
2 oz rye whiskey
1 oz Italian vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer at least ten minutes.
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass or shaker.
Add a mix of ice cubes and cracked ice to cover well above the liquid level.
Stir well to blend and chill.
Double-strain (to catch small bits of ice) into the prepared, chilled glass.
Garnish with a Luxardo Maraschino Cherry pierced on a cocktail pick.