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Happy Hour: Manhattan

In order to be a wonderful home entertainer, you must learn how to make the classic drinks. The Martini, Cosmopolitan, and Margarita are popular drinks that highlight gin, vodka, and tequila respectively. It's good to know one basic cocktail for each of the five major liquors (gin, vodka, tequila, rum, and whiskey). Dating back to 1870, a Manhattan is the optimal whiskey drink. Take care when mixing this cocktail because it can be difficult at first to get the correct ration of whiskey to vermouth. Use a rye or bourbon whiskey for best results when making your guests this drink. Meant to be stirred rather than shaken a Manhattan is a wonderful before dinner drink that pairs nicely with salty appetizers. To see how it's done,

From Williams Sonoma: The Bar Guide

2 1/2 ounces rye, bourbon, or blended Canadian whiskey
1 1/2 tablespoons sweet vermouth
2 dashes angostura bitters
1 maraschino cherry, for garnish

  1. Pour the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass two-thirds full of ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with cherry and enjoy.

Serves 1.

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
what a beautiful color
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I always wondered what went into those.
Casimira Casimira 10 years
LOVE THESE. This is my staple bar-drink-when-I-don't-have-a-craving-for-anything-else-drink. My in-laws have a fantastic family recipe for Manhattans. They use a bit more bitters and a simple syrup. It alters the taste somewhat but oh man do they go down easy!!
esk4 esk4 10 years
my boyfriends grandparents always order this drink wherever they go its so cute
PartySister PartySister 10 years
I just saw an episode of sex and the city where they drink manhattans and i was about to look it up--thanks for reading my mind and saving me the search!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
thank you!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Funny that you ask, Sarah, I was actually thinking of turning this into an article. There is much debate about when to shake vs when to stir while mixing a cocktail. The shaking action breaks up the ice and adds a little water to the drink and alters the taste slightly. Shaking also adds tiny air bubbles which can lead to a cloudy drink instead of a clear one. The rule that is generally followed (by me too!) is if the cocktail contains only spirits and/or clear ingredients, it should be stirred. If the drink contains juices, syrups, cream or egg whites, like a daiquiri, it should be shaken.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
i have a silly question..whats the difference if you shake or stir a drink?
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