The Weekend Cocktail: The Classic Manhattan

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gwen-headshot-110x110BY GWEN KENNEALLY

The Manhattan is a truly All- American Drink. Commonly used whiskeys include rye (the traditional choice), Canadian, bourbon and Tennessee. I hear that Makers Mark is a really good choice. Popular history suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s, where it was invented for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston’s mother) in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. September has officially been recognized as National Bourbon Heritage Month. This cocktail has been called a “real man’s” drink so if you are not in the mood for alcohol I would recommend drinking chilled tea in a martini glass. Salute September with this classic cocktail!

manhattan2504 ounce Rye Whiskey

1-ounce sweet vermouth

2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour the ingredients into mixing glasses with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into two-chilled martini glass. Garnish with the cherry.

Gwen Kenneally is the owner of Back to the Kitchen, Full Service Catering and Party Planning. Check out her website and blog and

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  • Linda Cardoso

    this is my all time favorite coctail – thanks for sharing this recipe.

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