There’s hardly two more iconic cocktails to Americans than the crystal-clear Martini and its dark mahogany ally, the Manhattan. Both anchored by their heavy spirit base and balanced with complimenting vermouths (dry for the Martini and sweet for the Manhattan). Each with its widely recognizable garnishes, olives for the former and brandied cherries for the later.
It is traditionally made with rye whiskey however, other common whiskeys used are bourbon, Canadian whiskey, and Tennessee whiskey. The use of blended Scotch turns the Manhattan into a Rob Roy. It’s one of five cocktails named for a New York City borough, along with the Brooklyn and the Bronx.
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