Mad about Manhattans
The tried-and-true Manhattan is comprised of bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters and a cherry garnish.
World-renowned bartender and cocktail historian Gary Regan says the Manhattan changed the face of cocktails. Thought to have originated in the 1870s or 1880s in New York, the Manhattan is reportedly the first cocktail to add sweet vermouth to the Old Fashioned, spawning a variety of cocktail innovations like the martini, Rob Roy, Vieux Carre and others.
The tried-and-true Manhattan is comprised of bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters and a cherry garnish. For a slightly modified version, try one made with brandy at Palace Café, 1301 E. 15th St. The bartender, Luke Constable, says that’s how people in his home state of Wisconsin drink them, and he has slowly turned Tulsans on to the variation. It carries about the same level of sweetness as the classic but is a tad brighter.