This is a true classic. It gets its name from the Manhattan Club in NY. A special drink was needed for entertaining politician Samuel J. Tilden at a party given by Lady Randolf Churchill in 1874. God bless that bartender on duty!
1 1/2 oz. Whiskey or Bourbon
3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
Dash of Bitters (if desired)
Build in a rocks glass or Stir over ice & Strain into a chilled Cocktail glass to serve up
Garnish with a Cherry
Perfect Manhattan: use equal parts of sweet & dry vermouth, Garnish with a Lemon twist