Elegant in it’s simplicity……the Classic Manhattan Cocktail is one of the finest cocktails that never gets old.
It would be safe to say that I am quite the fan of my Classic Manhattan Cocktail. I should tell you that this post is a repost of sorts. The original post you can see below. It was part of my Christmas collection or recipes I was showcasing last year. I will be doing the same thing this year but not just yet! So this is why I thought it would be a good idea to repost it as an all-year recipe so you wouldn’t feel like it was necessary to wait til Christmas to enjoy one! This delicious cocktail should be a treat to enjoy any time!
One thing that I have learned about cocktails in general, and the Manhattan is no exception, is that they are not created equal. There are what seems like infinite variations for the same cocktail. The Classic Manhattan Cocktail is my own variation and it is a good one, if I do say so myself!
There are a few things that factor into the creation of an epic Manhattan. One is the use of not only a maraschino cherry or two but also a dash or two of the juice they come in. The maraschino cherry juice just adds a little touch of sweetness to the Classic Manhattan Cocktail. This little added touch was a game changer for me and my feelings towards Manhattans. It really turned me into a Manhattan fancier and I had never been one before. Another important component is angostura bitters. Now, I know you are probably thinking what the heck are angostura bitters? It is hard to describe the taste but I kid you not, this ingredient is a must for this recipe. Believe it or not, you can find angostura bitters at the grocery store. It’s in the aisle with the non-alcoholic beer and wine. You don’t need much, just a little sprinkle. Finally, we have the rye and the vermouth that completes this recipe for the Classic Manhattan Cocktail. I prefer a specific type of rye but I will leave it up to you to decide which type you prefer. The vermouth should be the dark type. I have tried the dry vermouth which is light coloured and is not the taste I would recommend!
I thought this would be a great way to kick off the Labour Day long weekend. Once you get home from work, make yourself a Classic Manhattan Cocktail. You will love how smoothly it goes down and how nice it is to sip on, on the rocks.
Here is everything you will need to make a Classic Manhattan Cocktail.
- 1 1/2 Ounces Rye Whiskey
- 1 1/2 Ounces Dark/Red Vermouth
- 1/2 Tsp Maraschino Cherry Juice
- 2 Maraschino Cherries
- Dash Angostura Bitters
Add ice to a cocktail shaker along with the rest of the ingredients except for the maraschino cherries. Shake well and pour, with the ice into a low ball old fashioned glass. Finally, add the cherries to it. Bottoms up!
I decided to leave in the original more festive post. This is the same cocktail, just with the Christmas decorations in the background. As I was just pointing out to a co-worker today, Christmas is not that far away!! At least it seems that way to me once September hits, which it just did today! The rest of this post holds true. Once we get into the craziness of the holiday season, a Classic Manhattan Cocktail will be just what you need to carry you through to wrapping the next package! ……Here is the original post in all its glory!! …..
The Festive Manhattan recipe I am showcasing today is my kick off recipe In what I shall refer to as my Christmas recipe series. I thought that starting off with a cocktail might be a blessing to those of you that are trying to get everything ready for the holidays. Here is a great recipe to try when you are taking a break from all of the hustle and bustle. It is a nice, smooth cocktail that I like to make just a little on the sweet side. I will be doing a series of recipes with Christmas in mind. It is just around the corner, really and I have been making my lists and checking them twice to be sure that I have everything ready. I took this pic of my Festive Manhattan last year while I was taking a break from Christmas decorating. This is a BIG job in my house as I really like to do it up very Christmassy. I know, it’s not really a word but it fits best to what I am trying to say! Anyways, my house is transformed into a Christmas Wonderland! What better way to add some holiday cheer to your Christmas festivities than with a Manhattan. It is a nice, smooth cocktail that I like to make just a little on the sweet side. As the song suggests, Tis the Season to be Jolly! I guarantee, once you’ve had a couple of these bad boys, you will be the jolliest person at the party!