Eric Felten has finally–or once again, I can’t say–gotten ’round to the Manhattan (“Democracy in a Glass,” The Wall Street Journal). As usual, he is quite informative and generally correct in his opinions. But while he does well to call for a better class of fruit (a Luxardo marasca cherry), I’ve never regretted the day when I began to tell the barman, “Hold the salad.”
Mr. Felten’s recipe is quite similar to my own:
2 oz rye whiskey or bourbon
Â¾ oz to 1 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes orange bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with cherry.
For further reading, may I direct you to my own essay, “The Manhattan.”