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The Manhattan is an old fashioned drink, but a real gentlemanâ€™s choice which reminds me of cigars, Frank Sinatra and machine guns.
The Manhattan is a real chic choice and will certainly put hairs on your chest. To make the perfect Manhattan, shake together a double measure of your favourite bourbon whiskey, just less then half a measure of sweet red vermouth. Add a literally a couple of drops of Angostura bitters, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Remember, shaking the mixture properly will give a nice frothy layer to the surface, and finally always serve with a Maraschino cherry (with the stem) either dropped in, or as I prefer popped onto a plastic cocktail stick. For added sweetness request for a little of the liquid from the cherry jar to be poured in too.
Feel free to vary the ratio of bourbon to vermouth, as the drink can be made dryer if you wish by using less vermouth. My favourite reference to the drink came in the film â€˜Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundyâ€™, when Veronica Corningstone orders a Manhattan and asks the bartender to “kick the vermouth in the side with a pair of steel-toed boots.”
This all American classic drink will make you feel like 1920s Broadway, even when you’re in the blustery British Isles.