The origins of this drink are hazy as most cocktail history is. Some say Winston Churchill's mom had it made for her or that it was named for the color of sewer water in the Borough of New York that shares its name. I have even heard that the area code of Manhattan being 2-1-2 is the perfect ratio of the drink but I disagree. The manhattan is my wife's favorite drink and boy am I thankful because I make a good one. She is always disappointed out by ordering one so I figured it is about time I should write down exactly how I do it.
In a chilled and iced mixing glass:
1 Dash of Angostura Bitters
50 ml Bonded or High Proof Wheated Bourbon (think Weller Antique or Old Fitz)
20 ml Cinzano Rosso
Strain into a chilled coupe or a glass with ice.
Lemon twist reigns supreme here I think but my wife takes hers with a cherry.
Note: I do not think this drink needs to be teeth hurting cold like some do. I see no reason not to drink this drink on the rocks when being leisurely but after dinner it should be taken up.
Bar To Home
A simple translation from bar to home.