The classic Manhattan: 2 or more parts Rye Whiskey (Bourbon is OK, but Scotch makes it a Rob Roy- also an excellent drink)
1 part Sweet Vermouth
Dash of Angostura Bitters
1 Maraschino Cherry
Stir with lots of ice, strain into a Martini glass ( or heavy tumbler, if you prefer), add the cherry and serve.
Never, ever, add sugar to a Manhattan - sugar goes into Old Fashioneds.
Edit: I rarely ever drink a Manhattan, but if I do and I make it for myself it is 5 parts Whiskey to 1 part Sweet Vermouth. Old Overholt is a good rye for this drink.
post edited by seafarer john - 2009/08/26 15:12:48