Manhattan drink recipe
"Whiskey, Italian Vermouth and Angostura Bitters"
This Manhattan drink recipe was my grandma's favorite of all Italian drinks. She wasn't a drinker. But every Christmas she had a Manhattan while cooking. She would sneak me sips when I was young. Honestly, I could never grow to like this.
This is an old time classic Italian drink. The flavoring really depends on the sweet vermouth. I think any old whiskey will do, but the original calls for an American whiskey As I post hundreds of my grandma's Italian dessert recipes, I remember the get-togethers we served these at. So grandma, this one's for you even though it wasn't my favorite.
Some of the ingredients might be a little foreign to you - but they are NOT hard to find. They are standards in our Italian drinks and most liquor stores carry all of these. So, keep reading... I answered a few questions about angostura bitters, and Italian vermouth in the section below. And there are a few substitutions listed also.
Manhattan Drink Recipe
* 75 ml ( 2 1/2 ozs.) whiskey
* 30 ml ( 1 oz.) sweet red vermouth
* Dash of angostura bitters
* Maraschino cherry (Garnish)
* Stirred over ice.
* Strain into a chilled glass.
* Garnish (My grandma always had a cherry).
* Serve straight up.
What is angostura bitters?
Angostura bitters isn't really an alcohol. Well, there's not much in it. It's a mixture of a tad of alcohol, gentian root (a pretty little root with a flower), and vegetable extracts.
Can I skip the bitters?
Hmmmmm. Well that is kinda what makes this a Manhattan cocktail - but you decide. You're the boss.
What is vermouth?
Just wine with added herbs.
Can I swap out the vermouth for a red wine?
Nope. To keep this a classic Italian drink and really get what you are looking for - a Manhattan cocktail, you need to make sure not only to get red vermouth - but SWEET red vermouth.
Want the drink drier?
Use more whiskey and less vermouth.
Want the drink sweeter?
Use more vermouth and less whiskey.
Looking for a different garnish?
Try a lemon peel. But you won't get the color like you do from the cherry. If you want the drink a little brighter looking add some cherry juice!
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