An American Classic

31 08 2010

As I settled in for another great season of Mad Men, I realized I needed a drink that would command the respect of the ad men on Madison Ave. I opted for an American classic – one with an ambiguous origin. The Manhattan.

The most popular story put the Manhattan’s birthplace in New York City in the early 1870s. It’s inventor, Dr. Iain Marshall, was hosting a party at the Manhattan Club for the presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. The success of the event made the drink fashionable, prompting several people to request the drink by referring to the name of the club where  it originated – The Manhattan.

Anyway, it’s delicious. This is how I make mine.


Bulleit Bourbon

Sweet Vermouth

Angostura Bitters

Chill the rocks glass in the freezer. Put 3-4 large ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and add 2 1/2 ounces of whiskey/bourbon. Follow up with 1 ounce of sweet vermouth. 2 dashes of bitters. Shake well and pour directly into chilled rocks glass. Maraschino cherry optional – but you won’t catch Don pulling that maneuver.

Sit back and get your Don Draper on.




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