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Manhattan is a classic cocktail that has been around for over a century. It is a popular drink choice for many people. In this blog post, I will show you how to make the perfect Manhattan. I will also share what makes its taste profile unique, the best way to make it, and some variations on the classic recipe.

History of The Manhattan Cocktail

The origin of the Manhattan is a bit of a mystery, but there are a few stories that I’ve heard. The one I believe is a popular theory that the drink was first created in the 1870s at the Manhattan Club in New York City. The club was known for its lavish parties, and the Manhattan was thought to be a popular drink among the members. Born in Manhattan, the city’s name stuck which is how we know it today. Regardless of its origins, the Manhattan has become an iconic cocktail that is known everywhere.

Taste Profile

The Manhattan is a complex cocktail that is both sweet and bitter. It has a smooth, rich flavor that is balanced by the spiciness of the rye whiskey and the herbal notes of the vermouth. The cocktail is typically garnished with a cherry, which adds a touch of sweetness to the drink.

Best Way to Make a Manhattan

To make a classic Manhattan, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 Maraschino cherry for garnish

Here are the steps to make a Manhattan:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add the rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
  3. Stir well for about 30 seconds to chill the ingredients and dilute the drink slightly.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Choosing the Best Ingredients

When it comes to making a Manhattan, the quality of the ingredients is essential. Here are some tips on how to choose the best ingredients:

  • Rye whiskey: Choose a high-quality rye whiskey that is at least 90 proof. Look for a whiskey with a spicy and robust flavor profile that can stand up to the other ingredients in the cocktail.
  • Sweet vermouth: Look for a sweet vermouth that has a complex flavor profile with notes of herbs, spices, and fruit. Avoid vermouth which is too sweet, as it can overpower the other ingredients in the cocktail.
  • Bitters: Angostura bitters are the traditional choice for a Manhattan, but you can experiment with other types of bitters to create different variations of the cocktail.

Variations on the Classic Recipe

The classic Manhattan recipe is delicious on its own, but there are many ways to put your own spin on this iconic cocktail. Here are a few variations to try:

  • Perfect Manhattan: Substitute half of the sweet vermouth with dry vermouth to create a drier, more balanced version of the cocktail.
  • Rob Roy: Replace the rye whiskey with scotch to create a smokier version of the cocktail.
  • Black Manhattan: Add a splash of Averna or another bitter liqueur to give the cocktail a darker, more complex flavor profile.

Glassware and Tips

When it comes to serving a Manhattan, a chilled martini glass is the classic choice. The glass should be chilled in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving. To make sure your Manhattan is perfectly balanced, use a jigger to measure the ingredients precisely. Finally, when stirring the cocktail, be gentle to avoid over-diluting the drink.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Manhattan is a classic cocktail that has stood the test of time. It’s simple to make, but requires quality ingredients and attention to detail to taste perfect. Whether you prefer a traditional recipe or want to try out some variations, there’s a Manhattan out there for everyone. Experiment with different whiskey types and vermouths, and don’t be afraid to add a twist of your own. With its smooth, complex flavor profile, the Manhattan is the perfect drink for sipping and savoring. So gather your friends, mix up a round of Manhattans, and enjoy the taste of a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for generations.

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Manhattan cocktail in a martini glass with a red cherry and orange peel garnish

Manhattan

A Manhattan cocktail is a sophisticated drink known for its perfect balance of strong, sweet, and bitter flavors, along with its subtle warmth and spiciness. It offers an intricate taste profile that is rich, elegant, and multi-layered.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 182 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 jigger
  • 1 mixing glass
  • 1 stir spoon
  • 1 martini glass

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 fl oz rye whiskey
  • 1 fl oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 Maraschino cherry for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  • Add the rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
  • Stir well for about 30 seconds to chill the ingredients and dilute the drink slightly.
  • Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Notes

Choosing the Best Ingredients

When it comes to making a Manhattan, the quality of the ingredients is essential. Here are some tips on how to choose the best ingredients:
  • Rye whiskey: Choose a high-quality rye whiskey that is at least 90 proof. Look for a whiskey with a spicy and robust flavor profile that can stand up to the other ingredients in the cocktail.
  • Sweet vermouth: Look for a sweet vermouth that has a complex flavor profile with notes of herbs, spices, and fruit. Avoid vermouth which is too sweet, as it can overpower the other ingredients in the cocktail.
  • Bitters: Angostura bitters are the traditional choice for a Manhattan, but you can experiment with other types of bitters to create different variations of the cocktail.

Variations on the Classic Recipe

The classic Manhattan recipe is delicious on its own, but there are many ways to put your own spin on this iconic cocktail. Here are a few variations to try:
  • Perfect Manhattan: Substitute half of the sweet vermouth with dry vermouth to create a drier, more balanced version of the cocktail.
  • Rob Roy: Replace the rye whiskey with scotch to create a smokier version of the cocktail.
  • Black Manhattan: Add a splash of Averna or another bitter liqueur to give the cocktail a darker, more complex flavor profile.

Glassware and Tips

When it comes to serving a Manhattan, a chilled martini glass is the classic choice. The glass should be chilled in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving. To make sure your Manhattan is perfectly balanced, use a jigger to measure the ingredients precisely. Finally, when stirring the cocktail, be gentle to avoid over-diluting the drink.

Nutrition

Serving: 78gCalories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 0.03gFat: 0.01gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 2mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2IUCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.03mg
Keyword Cocktails, Manhattan
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