Rye Manhattan
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As with many cocktails, the origin story of the Manhattan cocktail tells many tales. The most logical says that it sprang from New York City’s Manhattan Club in the early 1880s. The most satisfying, yet unlikely, is that Winston Churchill’s mother introduced it at a political celebration. What isn’t disputed is that the Manhattan was the first cocktail to put vermouth together with a spirit in a glass—and that said spirit was straight rye whiskey. The addition would engender a slew of aromatized classics—the Martini, the Rob Roy, the Metropole—and you can be forgiven if you make your Manhattan with some other sort of whiskey. The fortunes of rye—once America’s favorite …
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