Manhattan (cocktail)

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A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Commonly used whiskeys include rye (the traditional choice), Canadian whisky(simply called Rye in Canada), bourbon, blended whiskey and Tennessee whiskey. The cocktail is often stirred with ice and strained into a cocktail glass, where it is garnished with a Maraschino cherry with a stem.[1][2] A Manhattan is also frequently served on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass (lowball glass).

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Origin and history

A popular history suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s, where it was invented by Dr. Iain Marshall for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston's mother) in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. The success of the banquet made the drink fashionable, later prompting several people to request the drink by referring to the name of the club where it originated—"the Manhattan cocktail."[3][4] However, Lady Randolph was in France at the time and pregnant, so the story is likely a fiction.[5] The original "Manhattan cocktail" was a mix of "American Whiskey, Italian Vermouth and Angostura bitters".[6][7]

However, there are prior references to various similar cocktail recipes called "Manhattan" and served in the Manhattan area.[4] By one account it was invented in the 1860s by a bartender named Black at a bar on Broadway near Houston Street.[8]

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