The Only Manhattan Cocktail Recipes You’ll Ever Need

05/21/2014 at 05:50 PM ET

Manhattan Cocktail Recipes
Courtesy Intoxicologist

When it comes to venerable, vermouth-aided cocktails, most experts believe that the Manhattan predates them all — even its cousin, the martini — to sometime in the 1800s.

Although one story claims that the drink was invented at the Manhattan Club, a 1923 book called the Valentine’s Manual of New York (check out the original text here) states it was  “invented by a man named Black, who kept a place 10 doors below Houston Street on Broadway in the [eighteen-] sixties — probably the most famous drink in the world in its time.”

The cocktail, which is a potent mix of whiskey, vermouth and bitters, has dozens of variations. Some prefer bourbon while others swear by rye whiskey, and of course there’s much debate about whether to shake or stir, and whether or not a maraschino cherry is acceptable when pitted cherries aren’t on hand.

Our verdict: Stop squabbling and be an equal-opportunity Manhattan drinker, because they’re all delicious. Start by mixing a classic Manhattan, demoed in the video below, and then move on to an easy riff from The Intoxicologist.

Italian Manhattan
Makes 1

1½ oz. bourbon
½ oz. Amaretto
¼ oz. maraschino cherry Juice
Cherry and orange slice, for garnish

Place liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Stir or shake according to preference until completely chilled. Strain into chilled martini glass or serve over fresh ice in rocks glass. Garnish with skewered cherry and orange slice.

—Lexi Dwyer

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Jim on

Hey Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett, reading this?

Anonymous on

I hate white ice! Splurge and buy a bag of commercial ice!

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