A "quasi" scientific overview and study of best bourbon to make a Manahattan on the rocks. All mentioned are considered worthy. Within the scope of basic prinicples there is no bad Manhattan only better ones.
Best Bourbon For Manhattan On The Rocks-Bill Kohnen
Bill Kohnen aka “Dr. Manhattan”
Overview A Manhattan on the rocks is the ultimate in classic and classy drinks. One is good, two are better 3 are wrong The formula is simple American Whiskey or Bourbon Sweet Vermouth Angostura Aromatic Bitters Maraschino Cherry with Stem Clean ice 2 to 3 cubes Splash clean cold water
Overview Attempts to make or drink anything but the classic formula are NOT classy A shaken Manhattan or not being served on the rocks is generally viewed as a ladies drink Made properly with equal portions of whiskey and vermouth the drink is smooth Bartenders that think they are doing a favor by adding to much Whiskey are wrong and create a bad drink
Overview A key to serving a good Manhattan is proper glass. It does not need to be crystal but should be heavy and thick walled. The best drinks are at home Ironically with the correct ingredients and methodologies you can get a great Manhattan at a low cost bar Conversely bad Manhattans are common at expensive places
Overview Assuming the basics are in place there is NO BAD Manhattan – only better ones!!! I have found that many small places have the means to make a good Manhattan but do not know how – especially in Asia. Do not be afraid to show them I have made initial drinks in Korea, Philippines, Singapore and even the States and from then on they have been great and I have made good friends.
Methodology This is a study of best bourbon to use so all other items constant. 3 oz. of sample Bourbon 1.5 oz. Vermouth – Martini Rossi Rosso Angostura Aromatic Bitters (2 shakes) Mezetta Star Maraschino Cherry with Stem Splash cold water 8 oz crystal Manhattan glass
The Results908070605040 Cost to taste3020 Aesthetics10 0 Blends well with other items
Summary Makers Mark Knob Creek Wild Turkey Bullet Jim Beam Gentleman Jack
Comment Made properly all of these will make a good Manhattan The ones at the higher are better and should NOT cost you to much more A Manhattan on the rocks is a classy drink. Keep that in mind when ordering and consider your mood and the company you are with. Sometimes better to go with a shot or beer. If the bar makes it wrong do not get mad but do not accept it. Use as an opportuntiy to educate others.