Legend has it that the Manhattan originated in New York City, sometime in the 1870s, mixed together in honor of hometown presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden.
This is a brazen cocktail and for those that prefer a rich drink, with strong flavours both spicy and sweet. Not for the faint-hearted, it is strong. You make it carefully, and then you sip it slowly, because it is a drink that you enjoy sitting in a leather armchair listening to jazz after a hard day's work.
We would encourage you to tinker with your whiskey and vermouth and even the quantities between the two until the recipe delivers you the drink you enjoy the most. Get Miles Davis on in the background and away you go.
2 ½ oz Bourbon or Rye
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes Angostura