From the city that never sleeps, here it is the Manhattan recipe to make it at home with its best charcuterie pairing

Manhattan cocktail history

There are two theories about the origin of this cocktail. The first traces the birth of this to the late 1870s, where the mother of Winston Churchill, Jennie Jerome, held a party in honor of then-presidential candidate Samuel Tilden. It is also said that it was at that party that Mrs. Jerome met her future husband, Mr. Churchill. The supposed explanation for the drink’s name is due to the fact that this party was held in the Manhattan Club in New York. However, in 1874 Churchill’s mother was already pregnant, and with difficulty this legend may be true.

The second theory starts from the 1923 book entitled “Valentine’s Manual of New York” and presents a more plausible story. A bartender at New York’s Hoffman House by the name of William F. Mulhall recounted, during the 1880s, that the Manhattan cocktail was invented by a man named Black who kept a bar ten doors below Houston Street on Broadway.

Unfortunately, the true origins of the Manhattan cocktail remain a secret, but someone says that the dash of mystery about its origin even adds to its appeal.

Fun fact: The Manhattan first hit the big screen with Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot (1959), where the most famous blonde in American cinema plays singer Sugar Kane. The cocktail is actually mentioned in one of the film’s best quotes, the line “A Manhattan for the lady” by Tony Curtis has become a piece of film history.

Manhattan cocktail recipe

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • Ice
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Maraschino cherry (garnish)
  • Leave the cup or Martini glass in the freezer for 5 minutes
  • Pour the rye whiskey into the mixing glass, followed by the sweet red vermouth, measuring the amount with a jigger
  • Add a few drops of angostura and and stir with a bar spoon.
  • Pour into the chilled cup in the freezer and top off your Manhattan the maraschino ciliega

Best charcuterie pairing with Manhattan cocktail

Sweetness vs. sweetness, two elegant and pleasant aromas with an enveloping olfactory and flavor charge. The Manhattan, prepared with rye Whiskey, is a very sophisticated predinner that perfectly goes with the unmistakable sweet flavor of our Prosciutto di Parma. The unique flavor of Manhattan cocktail will perfectly enhance every savoriness of this italian cured meat and give you a moment of tasting and pleasure all to savor.

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