When it comes to cocktails you may be most familiar with the Martini, but the Manhattan could be considered the godfather of them all. According to some accounts, it has been around since the mid-1860s--a true classic with the simplicity and smoothness to ensure its continued popularity. Be sure to use best quality bourbon or rye whisky, and if your sweet vermouth has been hanging out in the liquor cabinet for years, get a fresh bottle as it loses its flavor in a year or two.
- Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice cubes. Add the bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters. Cover and shake well.
- Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry. Serve immediately.
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