Manhattan – Cocktail of the Month

A Manhattan is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for over a century. This iconic drink is made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, and is garnished with a cherry. It is a simple yet elegant beverage that has stood the test of time and remains a popular choice among cocktail enthusiasts today.

The origins of the Manhattan are somewhat of a mystery, with several conflicting stories about who first made the drink and where. Some say it was created in the late 1800s at a bar in Manhattan, while others claim it was made in the 1870s at the Manhattan Club in New York City. Regardless of its exact origins, the Manhattan quickly became a popular cocktail in the United States, and its popularity has only grown over the years.

The Manhattan is traditionally made with rye whiskey, but it can also be made with bourbon or Canadian whiskey. The whiskey is combined with sweet vermouth and bitters, and is stirred with ice before being strained into a chilled martini glass. The drink is then garnished with a cherry.

Rob Roy – A Classic American Cocktail

Manhattan cocktail - BUCKFISH


  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • Maraschino cherry


  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add the whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters to the glass.
  3. Stir the ingredients until well combined and chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a cherry.

A Versatile Cocktail

The Manhattan is a versatile cocktail that can be adjusted to suit personal tastes. For a sweeter drink, more sweet vermouth can be used, while for a drier drink, less sweet vermouth can be used. Some people also prefer to use bitters made with different flavors, such as orange or chocolate, to give the drink a unique twist. Variations include the “Rob Roy” made with Scotch whiskey and the “Boulevardier” made with bourbon.

The Manhattan is a classic American cocktail that has a rich history and remains a popular choice among cocktail enthusiasts today. Whether you prefer your Manhattans made with rye, bourbon, or Canadian whiskey, this elegant and simple drink is sure to impress. So why not try making one for yourself and experience the timeless appeal of this classic cocktail for yourself.