History of the Manhattan cocktail
Manhattan cocktail

The Manhattan cocktail became popular in the late 1800s and continues to be a popular cocktail today.

The cocktail is said to have been invented by a bartender named Black at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the 1870s. It is thought to have been requested by Lady Randolph Churchill, the mother of Winston Churchill, for a banquet she was hosting in honour of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden.

The classic Manhattan cocktail is made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and a dash of Angostura bitters. The whiskey of choice is typically Rye whiskey, but Bourbon is also sometimes used. The combination of the sweet and bitter flavours of the vermouth and bitters adds complexity to the whiskey and gives it a unique flavour.

Over the years, the Manhattan cocktail has been modified to create different variations such as the Dry Manhattan (which uses dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth) and the Perfect Manhattan (which uses an equal combination of both sweet and dry vermouth). The Manhattan has also been adapted to use different types of spirits such as brandy and gin.

Today, the Manhattan cocktail is popular in bars around the world and is considered to be a classic cocktail that is a must-have for any home bar.

Follow this easy recipe to make your own Manhattan cocktail at home.