As substantial and complex its namesake, the Manhattan packs a punch. If you are whiskey/bourbon/rye lover and have a penchant for bitter flavors, this is your drink.
But a moment with "bitter." Don't confuse this with "bad." Bitters and bitter liquor are a botanical blend of flavors that lend aromatic and/or dry flavors to a drink. Many people are drawn to the sweetness of sugar drinks (like an Old Fashioned) and assume they will hate bitters. We find that bitters slow the drinking process down a bit and give you more room to truly enjoy the cocktail. So give it a whirl and judge for yourself.
Here's What You Need:
4 ounces rye whiskey
2 ounces sweet vermouth
4 dashes Angostura bitters
Garnish: 2 Maraschino cherries
Here's How To Make It:
Pour the whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until outside of shaker is very cold to touch.
Place a maraschino cherry in each of two chilled cocktail glasses. Dividing evenly, strain the contents of the shaker over cherries and serve immediately.