How to Make the Maker’s Mark 46 Manhattan

How to Make the Maker’s Mark 46 Manhattan

Yes, the Manhattan was invented in Manhattan!  That was a long time ago, but loads of people still think it’s one of the best cocktails ever.

Manhattan, Maker's Mark, Loretto, Kentucky

What is the Manhattan

According to David Wondrich, “for a real Manhattan, you need Rye Whiskey.” For this recipe, we’ll be bending the rules a bit and using Marker’s Mark 46.

With the rye or bourbon, you also need Italian sweet vermouth, plus bitters. It’s up to you whether you think it’s better with rye or bourbon, who say it’s not a true Manhattan without using rye whiskey.

Where was the Manhattan born

The urban myth is the the Manhattan cocktail was born at the the Manhattan Club in New York City in the 1870s. Fun fact is that it was supposed to have been invented for Winston Chucrchill’s mother,the American socialtie Jennie Jerome.

This might all be false but it can be seen in one of the first cocktail recipes books, The Flowing Bowl by bartender William Schmidt, published in 1891. Whenever and wherever, the Manhattan has become one of thr most popular cocktails of all time.

Maker's 46 Bourbon

What is Maker’s 46

Maker’s 46 was the first bourbon from Maker’s Mark special “wood-finishing series.” They take Maker’s Mark and then insert 10 seared virgin French oak staves into the barrel and let it finish for nine weeks.

This made Maker’s 46 the first new expression to be created since Maker’s Mark went into production in 1953. The outcome is a bourbon that is bolder and more complex – perfect for a Manhattan!

How to Make the Maker’s 46 Manhattan

You need to start with the following ingredients to make the Manhattan:

  • 2 parts Maker’s 46 Bourbon
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish
  • Combine ingredients over ice in a mixing glass
  • Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass neat or on the rocks
  • Garnish with a cherry

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Here is the recipe!

Manhattan, Maker's Mark, Loretto, Kentucky

Maker's 46 Manhattan

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Maker's 46 Bourbon
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients over ice in a mixing glass
  2. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass neat or on the rocks
  3. Garnish with a cherry

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