It’s another classic, and if gin isn’t your forte, but whiskey is, than you should go for the manhattan. No, not the island, the drink. Invented somewhere in the 1870’s, and probably somewhere in Manhattan, someone had the idea to mix American whiskey, Italian Vermouth, and Angostura bitters finished with a maraschino cherry. It caught on and now is a staple for classic drinkers.
This classy, rather bold drink does fall into the cocktail category. Originally premiering with those ingredients, the drink evolved in the classic takes on this drink, and you have probably heard people order them in old movies.
A Rob Roy is made with Scotch whisky versus a dry Manhattan is made with a dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth and served with an orange twist. A Metropolitan is madew ith brand and vermouth. These classic takes on the original were, and still are quite popular, but mixologists have refined a newer generation of Manhattan drinkers. If you want to take your try at making a manhattan here are some ideas.
Instead of those bright red maraschino cherries, try bourbon soaked black cherries.
Play with the proportions of Italian vermouth, French vermouth and dry.
Orange bitters are a great replacement, and making your own bitters would be the hip, and quite impressive thing to do.
Freeze orange bitters and cherries into the ice cubes for display and presentation
Along the inside rim of the glass, drizzle caramel.