The Manhattan Project

 From the humble beginnings of trial and error, of exploration, of horrific excursions into questionable creations, some cocktails have withstood the test of time, and stand proud before us today as staples of the bar scene. The Manhattan Cocktail is such one. In it's early days though things were not as smooth sailing. Through a combination of Rye beginnings and the curse of Prohibition, this particular whiskey concoction was not always been so whiskey forward.
It was in fact Sweet Vermouth dominate until after Prohibition drew it's final cursed breath. Some factors such as a spicy Rye grains, and sup-par illegal still prohibition-era whiskies meant something was needed to balance the rough edges. 1934 was the first documented recipe where the Whiskey of choice took front and center as the dominate alcohol in this cocktail.  

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Through Time

 The Professor

(1862)

Noilly Prat Rouge Sweet Vermouth, 

Bulleit Rye Bourbon,  

Maraschino liquor, Bokers bitters, Lemon slice 
~ First documented version

The Fourth Regiment

(1889)

Doulin Rouge Sweet vermouth, Jim Beam Rye,

Orange bitters. Celery bitters, Creole bitters

Daly’s Manhattan

(1903)

Old Forester 100 Bourbon, Martini & Rossi Sweet 

Vermouth, Angostura bitters, Cherry
~ First to balance whiskey and vermouth

Cobb’s Manhattan

(1934)

Four Roses Bourbon. Carpano Antica Formula, 

Angostura bitters 

~ The first bourbon heavy mix 

Today's Legacy

The Boulevardier

Bulleit Rye Bourbon, Campari, Sweet Vermouth

“Classic” Manhattan

Woodford Rye Bourbon, Noilly Prat Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, Lemon Twist and Maraschino Cherry

“Modern” Manhattan

Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Doulin Rouge, Angostura Bitters, Chocolate Aztec Bitters, 

Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Peel

Destrito Federal

Espolon Reposado Tequila, Averna Amaro, 

Fee Brothers Orange Bitters 

Emerald Manhattan

The Irishman ‘Founders Reserve’ Irish Whiskey, Doulin Rouge, 

Fee Brothers Orange Bitters

Fashionable Manhattan

Makers Mark 46 Bourbon, Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, Maraschino Cherry

Head of Steam

Bushmills 10yr, Noilly Prat Ambre Vermouth, Emelio Lustau Amontillado Sherry, Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters, Angostura Bitters, Bokers Bitters. Orange Peel

Robert Burns

Johnnie Walker Rye Cask Scotch, Noilly Prat Sweet Vermouth, Absinthe, Fee Brothers Orange Bitters

Rob Roy 

Dewars White Label Scotch, Noilly Prat Sweet Vermouth, 

Fee Brothers Orange Bitters 

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Manhattan Three-Way

 A Manhattan in three parts, individually designed using different whiskeys from a particular distillery. Please feel free to design your own Three-Way from our extensive list.

Woodford Reserve ~ Woodfords Reserve Bourbon, Woodfords Rye,                        Woodfords Double Oaked  

Knob Creek~ Knob Creek Small Batch, Knob Creek Smoked Maple, 

                       Knob Creek Rye 

Bulleit ~ Bulleit Frontier, Bulleit Rye, Bulleit 10yr