Cocktails and Dreams: The Manhattan


For any written piece, it helps that the writer is inspired. Prevents working too hard. 

With that in mind, when it came time to begin my journey to enjoy some cocktails, I turned to the classic film Cocktail.

Aside from that golden monologue, Cruise also says things like, "Not a goddamned thing any one of those professors says makes a difference on the street."  while opining about life with his boss Coughlin.  Coughlin fancies himself an amateur philosopher. Together they take the New York bar scene by storm by well, you saw the clip.


Without further adieu, and with the occasional foray into yuppie existentialism, I give you The Manhattan.

"I don't care how liberated this world becomes - a man will always be judged by the amount of alcohol he can consume - and a woman will be impressed, whether she likes it or not."

 The Manhattan was my grandfather's drink, and he, a gentlemen if there ever was one, labored over making the perfect Manhattan.  The Manhattan was the very first cocktail I ever tasted, and a fan was born.  It is stiff, but smooth. Simple, yet refined. A classic cocktail.

"Beer is for breakfast around here, drink or be gone."

Folklore tells us that The Manhattan was created in the 1870's for a Lady Randolph(Winston Churchill's mother). That may or not be true, but lets go with it.  The original Manhattan was Rye Whisky, Bitters, Vermouth and a Maraschino cherry.  Over the years the recipe evolved. Bourbon took the place of the rye whisky and the Manhattan survived the normal bastardization that Prohibition inflicted on cocktails unlike its legendary partner The Old Fashioned.

Order a Manhattan in a bar now and chances are you will still receive a drink similar to the original Manhattan.  There are multiple variations, and variations upon variations because that is what people like to do.  We, or I, are traditionalists so, follow the below recipe, and enjoy.

1 oz Sweet (Red) Vermouth
1 oz Rye Whisky
6 Dashes Unicum Bitters
1 tsp Maraschino

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