As a bartender, while you should strive to know as many drinks as possible, you really only need to know the most popular. Given that we live in the Empire State, the Manhattan is one among the top five essential drinks to know as a bartender. Here’s the recipe:
- 2.5-3.0 oz of bourbon or rye whiskey
- ¾ oz of sweet vermouth
- Dash of Angostura bitters
- 1 cherry
- Orange peel twist (optional)
Fill shaker with ice and then pour in vermouth, bourbon, and bitters. Stir or shake until cold and then pour into a cocktail glass on the rocks or strain into martini glass (keeping the ice out). Add a cherry and enjoy!
As you can probably tell by the cocktail recipe, the Manhattan is quite a potent drink, and you’ll certainly feel the burn of the bourbon; but the flavor is interesting, and it’s quite a tasty drink when done right.
Have fun this weekend! Drink semi-responsibly!