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DharMag January 2016 How to make the perfect Manhattan cocktail: the original recipe

Manhattan cocktail recipe with whiskey, sweet vermouth, Angostura. Cocktailporn The legend says that the Manhattan cocktail was born at the Manhattan Club in New York, during a banquet, in 1874, from the fervid imagination of the statesman Winston Churchill’s mother, Jennie Jerome, a nice lady who dabbled with liqueurs and spirits to surprise their guests with witty inventions.

By the way, the Manhattan is one of the most famous cocktails in the world, an iconic drink, excellent as aperitif or after dinner companion. If you want to relax yourself after a tough day, this is the recipe you’ll learn to love.

Manhattan’s recipe is simple: it’s made with whisky, sweet vermouth and a few drops of Angostura, and what we propose you is the original one, made with rye whiskey, although for many years the most popular version was based only on Canadian whiskey.

The flavor of the Manhattan drink is complex, entangling, sophisticated: three main suggestion are mixed together in a cocktail that many consider the quintessence of perfection: the smokiness of whiskey, the delicate caress of the vermouth and the bitter kiss of Angostura. Yeah, probably it’s the perfect cocktail.

Manhattan cocktail ingredients and doses

  • 5 cl of rye whiskey (or Canadian whiskey)
  • 2 cl of sweet vermouth
  • 1 Maraschino cherry
  • ice
  • Angostura, a couple of drops over ice before pouring the ingredients
  • lemon peel (optional)

How to make a Manhattan cocktail

In a mixing glass put 3 cubes of ice, add a drop of Angostura and then pour the rye whiskey along with red vermouth.

Stir gently until the sides of the glass are icy.

Put a cocktail cherry in a Martini glass and pour the cocktail, making sure to filter through the strainer.

The lemon peel is a suggestion, not contemplated in the original recipe, but always good.

How to make the Manhattan Perfect

The Perfect is in the middle, in the sense that provides the same amount of whiskey, but it is made with both the two vermouth: 1 cl dry vermouth and 1 cl sweet vermouth, the red one. The result is great, always smooth, but less sweet and with the taste of dry vermouth that adds a delicious herbaceous hint.

How to make the Dry Manhattan

The name says it all, this version of the Manhattan cocktail is much more dry, sharp and precise at an aromatic level. Honestly it is also one of the more credible, given that rye is already quite sweet and caramelized. If we want to contextualize it in the constellation of the best cocktails, it corresponds to the Dry Martini: we could say that it’s the American style version of it.

Manhattan cocktail food pairings

Red meat, roast beef, spicy dishes, try it also with grilled vegetables. Suggested dishes: mixed paella, tuna tataki with sesame, pasta with shrimps and asparagus, fish balls, salmon with teriyaki sauce, grilled tenderloin with whiskey sauce and mushrooms.

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