The Last Word: A Classic Manhattan

A classic Manhattan. Lou Lou Childs photo

“We have some bourbon, let’s make Manhattans!”

—Marilyn Monroe as Sugar Kane gets the party started, mixing cocktails in a hot water bottle in Billy Wilder’s classic comedy, Some Like It Hot.

• 2 oz. rye or bourbon
• 1 oz. sweet vermouth
• 2 dashes Angostura bitters
• Maraschino cherries
• Lemon peel (optional)

Add the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters to a cocktail shaker with ice. Rub the lemon peel around the rim of the cocktail glass. Strain the drink into the glass. Add cherries.

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