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How to Make a Manhattan Cocktail

Alcoholic cocktails are composed of mixed beverages.  The composition ranges from a mixture of different alcoholic beverages to the adding of certain fruits for color, flavor, and presentation.  There are many alcoholic cocktails being invented everywhere.  Some become popular and others become only a fad as they are not able to maintain the approval and acceptance they have struck.  The truth is that many alcoholic cocktails come and go and that there are very few that really lasts decades or more so a century.

There is however this one drink that still remains popular today as it did when it was invented nearly a hundred and fifty years ago.  This drink is called the Manhattan and is aptly called as such because it was created in New York City.  Although some claims that the Manhattan name came from the club, the Manhattan Club, with which it was claimed to have originated from, the simplest fact that is easier to accept though is that the drink was literally invented somewhere in Manhattan, City of New York.

The Manhattan is nearly a hundred and fifty years old yet today it is still one of the most popular drinks in bars and clubs.  The very concoction itself is actually very easy to make as you can easily make this provided that you have the ingredients necessary in making the drink.  There isn’t actually much skills needed in making this cocktail.  As long as you know how to measure liquids, then you’re good to go.

Basically, the drink is only composed of four ingredients – whiskey, vermouth, bitters, and garnish.  However, since its inception, the original recipe in making the drink has become somewhat eschewed as the prohibition act meant that bartenders had to come up with alternatives to the American rye whiskey that was originally used. In so, they turned to Canadian whiskey which was at that time was most available to them.

Here’s the proper portioning on how to make a manhattan cocktail:

2 oz. Rye Whiskey
½ oz. Sweet Vermouth
2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Maraschino Cherry for Garnish

To make the Manhattan get a mixing bowl and put lots of ice inside it.  Add in all your liquids according to their proper proportions then stir the content using a bar spoon.  Next, strain the liquid content into your chilled cocktail glass.  Then add in a maraschino cherry for garnish and the Manhattan cocktail drink is done.  Lastly, make sure to enjoy your drink.