The Manhattan

The Manhattan complements the name it shares with the island. This cocktail was invented at New York’s Manhattan Club at the end of the nineteenth century and is a drink mad with whiskey rather than clear spirits.

Two stories of its origin are as follows:

Jenny Jerome Churchill threw a party at th club to celebrate Samuel Tilden’s successful run for governor in 1874 another is that years later it was made for a Supreme Court Justice name Traux. Two problems with the stories is that Jenny was in England giving birth to her son Sir Winston Churchill and there has never been a Supreme Court Justice named Traux.

No matter which story is true, one thing is it’s a tasty cocktail when using top shelf spirits such as Michters bourbon with Carpano Antica vermouth and a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters and garnish with a Marasca Cherry from Italy. You can buy most of these ingredients in Hi-Times Cellar in Costa Mesa if you’re in Southern CA or check online where you purchase these. Try it and let me know what you think.

Cheers,Manhattan

John Apodaca

The Manhattan

1 1/2 oz of Bourbon such as Michters or Buffalo Trace

3/4 oz sweet vermouth Carpano Antica

1 – 2 dashed of Angostura bitters

Shake ingredients very hard and strain into a chilled 4 – 5 oz. cocktail glass and garnish with a Marasca (Luxardo ) cherry.

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