Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipe: The Iconic Manhattan

This is ‘Professor’ Jerry Thomas’ original recipe for the iconic Manhattan cocktail. Working as a bartender and saloon owner in the mid- to late-nineteenth century, Thomas was renowned for mixing drinks with great showmanship and is still considered the godfather of New York cocktail craft – or mixology.

What makes this recipe different from a traditional Manhattan is the proportion of sweet vermouth to rye whiskey, and the addition of orange flavored liqueur. These subtle variations give this cocktail a sweetness that makes it more palatable and complex. While sophisticated, this cocktail is delightfully unpretentious and can be found on the menu at Schiller’s Liquor Bar. It is a nod to New York’s golden age, an era that defined it as the greatest city in the world.

3/4 oz. Rye Whiskey
1 3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz. Grand Marnier
2 dashes Angostura bitters
lemon twist

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass.
Add ice.
Stir well with a bar spoon for 40-45 revolutions.
Strain into a chilled 5 oz. cocktail glass.
Garnish with lemon twist.

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