Issue No. 100 —


There are as many variations to the Manhattan’s history as there are to its recipe. The most seductive story, which is widely regarded as false, is that the cocktail was invented for Lady Randolph Churchill (Winston’s Mother) at the Manhattan Club in the early 1870’s. This story might not have survived the test of time, but the cocktail certainly did. It’s a classic that I like to enjoy with a cigar and some good conversation.

The one question you’ll need to decide is whether to use bourbon or rye. You’ll hear strong opinions touting one or the other, but I won’t try to sway you. I enjoy both and think it’s simply a matter of taste. I will, however, attempt to sway your choice of vermouth. Carpano Antica pairs fantastically with the flavors in this drink and will elevate your Manhattan. These days, I like my Manhattan with High West Double Rye, and I love to add cherry bitters to tie in the cherry garnish.


Add all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a Luxardo cherry.

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