The Manhattan is pure heaven for the Whisky lover, mixing bourbon, vermouth and a hint of bitters. The Manhattan can be mixed "Dry" with French (dry) Vermouth, "Perfect" with a combination of Vermouths, or "Sweet" with Italian (sweet) Vermouth. The latter is the original and best. The Manhattan was traditionally made with Rye Whisky, but Bourbon became a far more popular base as Rye fell into obscurity. This may be set to change as producers are once again bringing Rye back to the discerning drinker.
Condensation runs down the Martini glass in which the classic Manhattan cocktail is served.
Fill a Martini glass with ice and water to chill it while mixing the cocktail.
Add lots of ice to the mixing tin.
Stir the drink well until condensation forms on the outside of the mixing tin.
Discard the ice and water in the glass.
Strain the contents of the mixing tin into the glass.
Taste the cocktail and if necessary adjust the balance with a touch of extra sugar or citrus juice.
Garnish the cocktail with a cherry.