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