Manhattan Cocktail: The best lead we have on the true birth of the drink is from a story written by William F. Mulhall, a bartender who plied his trade at New York’s famed Hoffman House for more than 30 years, starting in the early 1880s. “The Manhattan cocktail was invented by a man named Black, who kept a place ten doors below Houston Street on Broadway in the [eighteen-] sixties—probably the most famous drink in the world in its time,” Mulhall wrote.
Even though Mulhall’s account comes decades after the drink appeared on the scene, we do know that the man was a bona fide bartender. And if you can’t trust a bartender, I ask you, who the heck can you trust?
Source recipe: Bartenders Manual or How To mix Drinks Present Style
This drink is very popular at the present day
2-3 dashes Gum syrup
1-2 dashes Boker's Bitters
1 dashes (Absinthe or Curaçao if required)
2.0 oz Rye or Bourbon Whiskey
2.0 oz Sweet Vermouth
Stir up well, strain into a fancy cocktail glass, squeeze a piece of lemon peel on the top, and serve; leave it for the customer to decide whether to use Absinthe or not.