2oz Rittenhouse Rye
1oz Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Add 2 dashes of bitters to a mixing glass, then rye and vermouth. Chill and Stir. Serve up in a chilled coupe with a Luxardo Cherry.
What is there to say? One of the most famous cocktails ever. Rye punch forward with a little sweetness and bitter thrown in for good measure. 100 proof rye tends to make a better manhattan. Knob Creek bourbon (also 100 proof) is a good option if you prefer the sweeter taste of bourbon. Many vermouths work well, but higher quality vermouth, such as Carpano Antica or Cocchi Torino will give a richer and arguably better flavor.
Too many to list. Classic examples, Perfect Manhattan – swap the 1oz of sweet vermouth for 1/2oz, sweet 1/2 dry vermouth. Dry Manhattan – 1oz dry instead of sweet vermouth. 50/50 Manhattan – equal parts rye and vermouth. Swap or add an orange twist or flamed orange twist. Try a different bitters. More to come.