Tonight's Cocktail - Manhattan

Larry Trask / Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 1:24 p.m. / Cocktail


Tonight during The Cocktail Hour (6pm) we'll be enjoying the uber-classic cocktail, the Manhattan and celebrating the life and works of Ring Lardner.

A short-story writer, a playwright, and a sports columnist, Ring Lardner was a man of many talents. He was also a world-class drinking having set a personal best by drinking without break for sixty straight hours in one session at New York's Friar's Club.  In celebration of Mr. Lardner, we'll be enjoying his favorite cocktail, the Manhattan.

Essentially a whiskey martini, the Manhattan was invented, appropriately enough, at the Manhattan Club in New York in 1874. Some Manhattan drinkers will tell you it's not a Manhattan if it's not made with Rye. However, many a Manhattan have been made with Canadian whiskey and if that's the way you roll, there's no judgement. Me, I like to make mine with the best bourbon I can afford.  This is one of the few times I will condone the use of the maraschino cherry. Frightening though the maraschino may be, it is, I'm afraid, de rigueur for a proper Manhattan


2 oz. rye, bourbon or Candian whiskey
1 oz. Italian (sweet) vermouth
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Maraschino cherry 

Pour whiskey, vermouth and bitters into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cherry.