Manhattan Cocktail (No. 1)

(named after the island on which New York City Stands.) 

The great British bartender Harry Craddock, in his 1930 masterpiece guide to imbibing, The Savoy Cocktail Book, includes not one, but four recipes for the Manhattan. All four are made with Rye, not Bourbon (I prefer mine with Maker's Mark). Here's just the first, plus his recipe for drinks for a Southern party:

Use small Bar glass
2 Dashes Curacao or Maraschino
1 Pony Rye Whiskey
1 Wineglass Vermouth (Mixed)
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
2 Small Lumps of Ice

Shake up well, and strain into a claret glass. Put a quarter of a slice of lemon in the glass and serve. If preferred very sweet, add two dashes of gum syrup.


Don Lindgren