How to Make
Combine in a mixing glass, and add ice. Stir until cold (around 40 revolutions). Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lemon twist.
If you don't have Rittenhouse Rye, any other 100-proof rye will do. Because of the large amount of sweet vermouth, it's important that the rye is 100 proof as it provides perfect balance.
Makes one drink:
- 1-1/2 ounce Rittenhouse 100-proof Rye Whiskey
- 1 3/4 ounce Italian Sweet Vermouth
- 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
- 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Bar Spoon
- Cocktail Glass
- Julep Strainer
- Mixing glass
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The Manhattan Cocktail should not be confused with the contemporary Manhattan, as this cocktail is actually a vermouth-based cocktail. This was the first cocktail I was taught at Employees Only and continues to be the first one I teach new bartender hopefuls. This recipe is based on Jerry Thomas' Manhattan Cocktail in the 1862 book How to Mix Drinks or the Bon Vivants Companion and was adapted for the modern bartender by Dushan Zaric and Jason Kosmas.