Up there with the Old Fashioned and the martini as an undisputed classic, a Manhattan is a bold, brawny drink that, made right, is smooth and sippable. Rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters are all you need, though garnishing with a high-quality cherry doesn't hurt.
- 4 ounces rye whiskey
- 2 ounces sweet vermouth
- 4 dashes Angostura bitters
- Garnish: 2 Maraschino cherries
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.
Mixing glass, cocktail strainer