My travel schedule has been at all time high as I’ve seen the inside of more hotel rooms in the past 6 months than I have in the past six years. One particular evening on my last business trip I found myself at the hotel bar for a nitecap. There on the special menu I saw that they were offering the Manhattan for a pretty reasonable price. Since it had been a while since I had partaken of the cocktail, I decided to give it a try. The Manhattan in question was of the tradition composition and was pleasing to the palate. The traditional composition of a Manhattan is as follows:
Pour 2 oz of rye whiskey, 1/2 oz of sweet vermouth, and 2 of dashes Angostura bitters into a glass with ice cubes. Stir the mixture well and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.
This experience made me start to think about the existence of variations of this iconic cocktail and how they differ from the common recipe. After a time on the internet, I found a few variations that may spark your interest.
Two ways to make a Manhattan via Liquor.com
The Black Manhattan via Common Man Cocktails.