Today I’m doing Manhattan, three ways, because it has been served and made in different ways throughout its history. I made three versions of this classic cocktail with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, by using recipes from 1884, 1887, and the well-known modern version.
While each of the three calls for whiskey and sweet vermouth, the preparations are a bit different. The 1884 version is made with rye and gum syrup and served in a pony glass, the 1887 version also includes gum syrup but reverses the portion of whiskey and vermouth, and is shaken not stirred. The modern version consists of 2 parts whiskey, 1 part vermouth, and 4 dashes of bitters. It is usually served in a coupe or martini glass. It can also be served on the rocks in an Old-Fashioned glass.