Anyone drink Manhattans?

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    Anyone drink Manhattans?

    Don't get me wrong, I am a beer guy. I do also love Manhattans and Old Fashions. I typically make my Manhattans and Old Fashions with Bourbon. This is the way I started drinking them years ago and never tried it any other way. I think the reason why I like these drinks is because they are sweet but not overly sweet.

    So I do have a few questions:
    How does using Rye Whiskey for these drinks compare?
    Would I like it?
    Why when I order Manhattans at a bar/restaurant do they always serve them on the rocks unless I specify (I thought traditional manhattans were strained)?
    Any recommendations for a lower priced Bourbon or Rye Whiskey?

    I have tried Makers Mark, Jim Beam, Bookers, 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, Evan Williams, Ancient Age, plus a few others.

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    One thing I learned many years ago is any mixed drinks are just not for me. They taste too good and I lose sight of the amount of alcohol actually going down the hatch. Next thing I knew I was blitzed. I like beer. I like wine. And I like straight hard whiskey. Beyond that the getting hammered risks start accumulating....
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    I learned from my father the way of the Manhattan and he only used Canadian Club so that is the only way I have ever had them.
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    Way back when... when my drink of choice was bourbon and coke and later bourbon and water, my favorite bourbons were bar stock, not top shelf. Ten High was common, but when the liquor stores had it, Bourbon Supreme was what I bought. Very smooth in a mixed drink. I coudn't tell you how they compare with the ones you listed, as I'm strictly a beer guy now... or Dr Pepper ;^)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School View Post
    I learned from my father the way of the Manhattan and he only used Canadian Club so that is the only way I have ever had them.
    Dad taught me to use a canadian blend, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters, and a cherry on the rocks.

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    My father drinks them using Canadian Club, as did my grandfather. The variation is in Wisconsin, they are made with brandy so make sure you order a whiskey manhattan if visiting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joepa150 View Post
    Why when I order Manhattans at a bar/restaurant do they always serve them on the rocks unless I specify (I thought traditional manhattans were strained)?
    Any recommendations for a lower priced Bourbon or Rye Whiskey?

    I have tried Makers Mark, Jim Beam, Bookers, 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, Evan Williams, Ancient Age, plus a few others.
    Ezra Brooks is very good; more character than Jim Beam and cheap by comparison. Plus I love that the bottle is corked not a plastic screw cap.

    As for what whiskey: the original Manhattan Cocktail recipe called for bourbon though as mentioned the cocktail is now frequently made with blended canadian.
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    Bourbon is probably my favorite drink. If I am going to drink a manhattan, it is going to be made with Makers. My favorite drink is the relatively new Makers 46 on the rocks. If you haven't tried that stuff, and you like bourbon, it is a must buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbqgrill View Post
    Ezra Brooks is very good; more character than Jim Beam and cheap by comparison. Plus I love that the bottle is corked not a plastic screw cap.

    As for what whiskey: the original Manhattan Cocktail recipe called for bourbon though as mentioned the cocktail is now frequently made with blended canadian.
    Really. I see most online sources state that Rye is what as "real" Manhattan calls for but Bourbon or Canadian Whiskey are good substitutes/varients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joepa150 View Post
    Really. I see most online sources state that Rye is what as "real" Manhattan calls for but Bourbon or Canadian Whiskey are good substitutes/varients.
    I tip my hat to you for your online research, well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phreddy View Post
    Dad taught me to use a canadian blend, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters, and a cherry on the rocks.
    And that sir is a manhattan.

    The original Manhattan recipe was created around 1874 at the Manhattan Club,New York,for Lady Churchill,Winston's mother. She was attending a banquet in honor of the lawyer and politician Samuel J. Tilden at the time. (from Bartending for Dummies)
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    Hooray bourbon! I will drink the occasional Manhattan, it reminds me of my dad. Booker's is too good to mix, sip it neat! I would say Maker's if you like sweet, Bulliet for dry. On the cheap front, Evan Green for dry, Kentucky Deluxe for sweet. Go for Beam Red Stag for really sweet. I like shaken and strained, but I have a hard time getting a Kansas bartender to understand a dash of bitters goes in one.

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    Just bought a handle of Crow. I haven't sipped it neat but mixing it in a Manahattan, it does remind me of Jim Beam which I really liked. Also it was $12.99 which is awesome. Hopefully I will be ok in the morning.

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    I'm no connoisseur but IMHO Jim Beam tastes like crap. And the JB Black Label is even worse. I notice nobody mentioned the 800 pound gorilla, Jack Daniels or Wild Turkey. Curious. Anyway, I prefer Henry McKenna, it's the best bourbon I've ever tasted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    I notice nobody mentioned the 800 pound gorilla, Jack Daniels.
    Ah yes a common misconception; Jack is not mentioned because Jack is not bourbon, it is Tennessee Sour Mash. Bourbon only comes from Kentucky.
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