Elegance on the Rocks: Classic Cocktails for the Sophisticated

Old Fashioned are whiskey or bourbon, sugar, and bitters.

Martini is probably the most-mixed cocktail in modern bars, and, frankly, most of the time it’s just a nice cold martini glass of booze with olives. In the 1940s and into the 1950s, Martini was described as a mixture of two parts gin, one part vermouth, and a dash of orange bitters. Dry Martini is a drink made with dry vermouth, not with very little vermouth (as some seem to think).  You

can also substitute gin with vodka, as many people do nowadays, but if you want to be serious about your drink, do it the classic way. At least once.

Manhattan’s earliest known printed recipe was published in O. H. Byron's 1884 Modern Bartenders' Guide, citing two versions: one made with French vermouth, the other with Italian. A popular history suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s, where it

was invented by Dr. Iain Marshall for a banquet hosted by Lady Randolph Churchill in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. The cocktail became popular and referred to the name of the club where it originated. Even though today’s younger crowd may call Manhattan a “grandma drink,” its elegance, timeless confidence, and unapologetic attitude will surely rub off on you. Give it a chance—while keeping it traditional: rye whiskey, sweet vermouth,

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