2 ounces blended or straight whiskey
1 ounce Italian sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 maraschino cheery for garnish
Pour all the ingredients over ice in a mixing glass and stir as you would a Martini. Strain into… a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the cherry.
Variation: If you prefer a dry Manhattan, use dry vermouth and a lemon peel for garnish. A Manhattan made with brandy is called a Harvard, and with applejack it’s called a Star cocktail. (compliments of Dale DeGroff from his book “The Craft of the Cocktail” Random House 2002)