Stories abound about the origins of the Manhattan cocktail, but most likely was penned by William F. Mulhall who began his 30 year tenure at New York’s Hoffman House in the 1880s. He wrote “The Manhattan cocktail was invented by a man named Black, who kept a place ten doors below Houston Street on Broadway in the 1860s—probably the most famous drink in the world in its time…”
There is a large debate as to whether this cocktail should call for rye or bourbon, but ultimately it is up to the guest.
2 oz rye or bourbon
1 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura
1 dash Orange Bitters
Garnish: orange twist/cherry
Prep: Stir, strain and garnish.