Mad Men Cookbook's Manhattan

Mad Men Cookbook's Manhattan

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This recipe is used by permission from  The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin (Smart Pop, 2011).

Courtesy of the Oak Bar, Plaza Hotel, New York, NY

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According to The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, this drink was first made for Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston's mother, when she hosted a banquet for presidential candidate Samuel Tilden at the Manhattan Club in the early 1870s.


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish


  • 1 Pour whiskey, vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well.
  • 2 Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • 3 Garnish with the cherry.
  • 4 Yield: 1 drink


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