Few drinks have been able to make the tortuous journey through American Prohibition and into the modern era unscathed by alterations, shortcuts, gimmicks, and obscurity. The Manhattan, retains a modicum of popularity, and is even made pretty much the same way it was back in the late 1800’s when it first came onto the scene. Most notably, it is one of the few cocktails which you can still expect to be made with bitters.
2 oz American whiskey (rye or bourbon) 3/4 oz sweet vermouth 1 dash Angostura bitters
Stir with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.