Sound delicious? It certainly is. And yet, the drink has lost its once powerful status as a true iconic whisky cocktail. Popular history suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s, where it was invented by Dr. Iain Marshall for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston's mother) in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden.
The success of the banquet made the drink fashionable, later prompting several people to request the drink by referring to the name of the club where it originated—"the Manhattan cocktail". The Manhattan was a real man's drink in the 60s. And it was not served in Martini glasses. In those days, they were poured into short, heavy glasses called whiskey sour glasses.
Today, when uttering the very name Manhattan, along with its presentation, the drink is often dismissed as the girly or pussy drink of our times. Even bartenders themselves have false conceptions of this classic icon. At some bars they will serve it to you with pineapple and a tropical umbrella. However, I implore readers to denounce such practices. Order a Manhattan in a whiskey sour glass and skip the fruit unless you like the cherries.
If your at an establishment that cooks chicken wings, which I'm sure you will be, order ones with a lightly glazed sweet sauce. You will surly be rewarded.