Dad’s Manhattan is made with bourbon, preferably Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and dry vermouth. That’s it, no bitters, definitely no sweet vermouth, and certainly no cherry or lemon to distract the taste buds from the bourbon and vermouth. My whiskey preference is Michter’s Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, which I keep in this lovely decanter.
3 ounces whiskey, rye, bourbon, blended, or Tennessee
1 ounce dry vermouth
Place 4 ice cubes in a cocktail mixer, add the bourbon and vermouth, and stir until the shaker frosts up, about 25 swirls.
Place the cover over the shaker and pour.
A regular Manhattan is made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, a dash or two of bitters and garnished with a Maraschino cherry. A Perfect Manhattan is made with whiskey, even amounts of both sweet and dry vermouth, a dash or two of bitters and is garnished with a twist of lemon.
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