Blended with the flavors of bitters and sweet vermouth in whiskey, the Manhattan cocktail is one very popular type of cocktail in the world. The whiskeys which are commonly used in the Manhattan cocktail include bourbon, Canadian whiskey and blended whiskey. The actual Manhattan cocktail is served with ice along with a cherry stem (for garnishing) in a cocktail glass.
Generally, to continue the legacy, Manhattan cocktail is served in old fashioned glasses. Also, these are served on the rocks to maintain the excellent taste. The Brooklyn cocktail which is a blend of Maraschino booze and dry vermouth is closely related to the Manhattan cocktail.
A Manhattan cocktail is believed to be invented in New York City at the Manhattan club. The person who invented this cocktail was Dr. Lain Marshall. He had made this cocktail for a banquet which was hosted by Jennie Jerome and the banquet was a big success. With the success of the banquet the cocktail received appreciation by the people and soon it became one of the most popular cocktails of the world.
In every restaurant and bar of Fohr (which is a small island at the North Frisia) you will find the Manhattan cocktail for sure. The Manhattan cocktail is the standard drink at this island and the locals there really love this drink.
There is also a traditional story which says that the people from Fohr once moved to the Manhattan in New York through a fishing trip and they had the Manhattan cocktail there. They liked it so much and brought this drink to their island. Since then the Manhattan cocktail has become one of the most popular drinks at Fohr and people from around the world visit the island to have it.
Usually, the Manhattan cocktail is mixed in such ratio such that the drink contains 2 parts whiskey and 1 part vermouth and is served cold. This mixing ratio is said to the perfect mixing ratio for making the Manhattan cocktail.
Traditionally, the Manhattan cocktail is made with rye whiskey but people also love the variations to this cocktail which are then made with Canadian whiskey or bourbon whiskey. Both types of whiskeys don’t contain any rye at all. However, since the people demand for these a lot, you won’t find any problems in finding the varied form of the traditional Manhattan cocktail at any famous bar.
The Manhattan cocktail has been experimented with different flavors and ingredients since it was invented. The bartenders show their creativity by adding different ingredients to it. Some bartenders serve the cocktail with foam on the surface of the cocktail glass (which is produced by shaking the drink in the cocktail shaker only) while others add different types of bitters to the cocktail which include Peychaud bitters or orange bitters.
To add a unique taste to the cocktail, many bartenders prepare the drink by using self made ingredients which are the substitute to the conventional ingredients like vermouth etc. Instead of the cherry stem some also use the lemon peel.