Manhattan Cocktail

Legend has it that the Manhattan originated from a party at the iconic Manhattan Club for presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. Attendees liked the drink so much they immediately began to order "the Manhattan Club drink" from local bartenders.

Leading the fight against the infamous Tammany Hall, Tilden was the 25th New York governor, a "Bourbon Democrat", and the first presidential candidate to lose despite having received the majority of votes (he lost to Rutherford B. Hayes). A fighter against corruption and an advocate for the New Yorker against the political machine, it is only fitting that the birth of the Manhattan is tied to him.

2 ounces rye whiskey
2/3 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Maraschino cherry

- Pour ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes
- Stir
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass