Ingredients to elaborate the Manhattan Cocktail
- YZAGUIRRE RED RESERVA
- BOURBON WHISKY
- AMARENA CHERRY
Recipe to elaborate the Manhattan Cocktail
- In a mixing glass with plenty of ice, mix one part Yzaguirre Red Reserve Vermouth with two parts of a good bourbon or dry whisky.
- Add 3 dashes of Angostura and stir for 20 seconds until the mixture is well chilled.
- Strain into a glass, flavor with orange twist and add an amarena cherry or maraschino to sweeten slightly.
TIP: Transform it into a Rob Roy by substituting a Scotch malt whisky for the bourbon. TIP 2: If you find it too bitter or strong, you can add a splash of cherry liqueur.
History of the Manhattan Cocktail
The Manhattan was the world's most famous cocktail shortly after it was invented at the Manhattan Club in New York City around 1880 (so the story goes). Over the years, the whiskey classic has gone out of fashion before finding its place as one of the cornerstones of the craft cocktail renaissance. Surprisingly, the drink that members of high society brought to their lips in the 19th century looks and tastes pretty much the same as the one served today in any decent cocktail bar. The Manhattan's blend of American whiskey and Italian vermouth, enlivened with a few hints of aromatic bitters, is timeless and flavoursome, the very definition of what a cocktail should be. Early versions call for rye, with its spicier, sharper profile. Purists claim it's not a Manhattan without it, but who's ever had fun drinking with a purist? We found that bourbon creates a beautiful, if smoother, drink. And while Angostura bitters are a must in any variation, a single dash of orange bitters helps brighten the edges of the cocktail, bringing the whiskey and vermouth together seamlessly, while the brandied cherry garnish adds a touch of sweetness. For all the Manhattan's unassailable qualities, enterprising bartenders and drinkers have still found ways to tweak the recipe in countless variations. If you split the vermouth between sweet and dry, you get the perfect Manhattan. Change the proportions so that the vermouth is the star, and you have produced a reverse Manhattan.