• 2 fluid ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 fluid ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 maraschino cherry (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ice


Manhattan Whiskey Glass

Preparation instructions:

  1. Place ice into a shaker, and pour the vermouth and bourbon over the ice. Mix well. Pour drink into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a cherry.

Original recipe makes 1 serving

The History of the Manhattan cocktail

The famous Manhattan cocktail is the stuff of legend, as its name is often attributed to the creative mind of Winston Churchill's mother, a New York socialite named Jennie Jerome who caused quite a scandal when she married Lord Randolph Churchill in 1874. Jennie Jerome, as the story goes, hosted a banquet in her favorite club, the Manhattan Club, in New York City and her guests were served a drink concocted by Dr. Iain Marshall that contained whisky, vermouth, and bitters.

The historical record has corrected this legend, because Jennie Jerome was traveling in Paris at the time that the drink was supposed to have been invented. More likely, the cocktail was popularized during Prohibition, when Canadian rye whisky was one of the few kinds of liquor available. Nonetheless, this classic "American" cocktail remains a favorite and can be made a variety of ways.