Manhattan - used Knob Creek Rye whiskey. First time to have a Manhattan, definitely a serious drink. The whiskey is very forward on the taste, but the sweet vermouth smooths out the drink somewhat. Used a generic maraschino cherry as a garnish, not sure it impacted the flavor of the drink that much. Would a higher dollar cherry have made an impact or would adding a bit of the syrup have an impact?
I made the drink by chilling the glass and mixing and stirring the ingredients in a stainless steel cup. I was a little slow on drinking it so I added an ice cube to it after a few minutes to keep it cold.
I enjoyed the drink and would have it again, probably if I am interested in an alcohol forward drink. To me this is a pre-dinner drink or maybe during a party.
I am planning on trying a different cocktail at least once a week. I will post my thoughts on each drink. Next up is probably a whiskey sour.