The American 1860's Tincture Fashionable Still
The Manhattan Cocktail is the 1860s tincture, fashionable still, the architect however remains of rumored origin. Regardless of its maker, New Year's Day celebrations call for a toast of some libation or another. Well, any celebration calls for a toast of some libation or another really! The Manhattan Cocktail is a highly gratifying and appropriate ‘get-together’ potion if ever there was one.
A friend from the UK who recently visited was kind enough to gift me a rather exhilarating basket filled with all the necessaries for a Bourbon Whiskey variation of the Manhattan Cocktail, American Rye Whiskey being the traditional elixir of purist opinion. Right down to a tiny jar of Luxardo Maraschino cherries and a swish cocktail spoon, this goody basket had everything cradled inside except Toto. Cheers, friends!
A bar cart was among my first purchases when I moved out on my own. A friend 'advised' me that I absolutely needed one. I still have a bar cart and love to dress it festively for different occasions and to celebrate different holidays and seasons.
After years of delighting in Luxardo cherries at swank cocktail parties, I finally had a little jar of my own. Oh, and he tucked these CUTE cocktail picks inside, too. LOVE. The Luxardos seemed a bit of a splurge upon hearing that jar lid ‘pop’ when I initially opened them. But a proper Manhattan Cocktail requires so few ingredients, that quality naught be sacrificed. And long after my friend departed, I was still mastering the mixation so to speak. A Manhattan is a cocktail traditionally fashioned with American Rye whiskey, sweet Vermouth, and Angostura bitters. In this version, I am using American Bourbon Whiskey. The cocktail is preferably stirred with cube ice, then strained into a cocktail glass and garnished with a Maraschino cherry.
A proper Manhattan Cocktail requires so few ingredients, that quality naught be sacrificed.
Today, and in this Bourbon Whisky version of the iconic mix, one of five cocktails named for a New York City borough. The history of the Manhattan is blurred. In fact, if any readers were inclined to shed light beyond what I know to print here, weigh in. The one thing most agree on is the round about age of this blend, generally dating to the 1860's or very shortly thereafter.
The Manhattan is one of five cocktails named for a New York City borough. The others include The Bronx, The Brooklyn, The Queens, and The Staten Island. Drink one of each and you’ll be well traveled…
Later, during Prohibition, the Manhattan gained great popularity, maybe for no other reason than its ingredients were forbidden. Regardless, I have become quite smart at correctly proportioning my liquors to my bitters and am only too happy to share here in time for New Year's. After all, nearly every one of us will ring in midnight to "Auld Lang Syne" so only fitting to match the mirth with the memories. Oh, and I prefer two of the Luxardo cherries in my Manhattan. please.
Ingredients for A Classic Manhattan Cocktail
- 2 ounces Bourbon Whiskey
- 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
- 3 dashes or so Angostura bitters
- 2 to 3 Luxardo Maraschino cocktail cherries or Maraschino cherries
- 1/2 tablespoon syrup from the cherries (optional, but worth experimenting)