The Manhattan is one of the most classic and beloved cocktails out there. It’s a simple mix of whiskey, sweet vermouth, a dash of bitters and a maraschino cherry for garnish.
Some might call it the perfect cocktail.
The Perfect Manhattan, however, is a different cocktail.
The difference? Dry and Sweet Vermouth in in equal – or perfect – measures give this cocktail a unique twist on its traditional sibling.
The history of The Perfect Manhattan cocktail
The origins of this particular variation – The Perfect Manhattan – are not so clear. This hasn’t stopped it from being a popular drink, and can be found in bars the world over.
The origin of the classic Manhattan cocktail dates back to the late 19th century, when it was created by a bartender in the Manhattan Club of New York City. It gained widespread popularity in the 1920s and is still one of the most popular cocktails in the world today. Although the exact origin of the Manhattan is up for debate, one popular theory suggests that it was created for a party hosted by Lady Randolph Churchill, the mother of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill , in 1870
Regardless of its origin, the Manhattan has become an iconic classic and is still a popular choice amongst cocktail enthusiasts around the globe. With its unique flavor and timeless charm, it’s no wonder why.
- 2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 maraschino cherry
- Add all of the ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until chilled
- Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a maraschino cherry or a lemon twist.
What is the difference between a Manhattan and a Perfect Manhattan?
A regular Manhattan uses sweet vermouth, whereas a Perfect Manhattan uses both sweet and dry vermouth in equal measures.
How do you make a Perfect Manhattan
Add 2 ounces rye whiskey, 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth, 1/2 ounce dry vermouth along with 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until chilled. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnish with a maraschino cherry or a lemon twist.