This sherry-based aperitif was created in the 1860s at the Waldorf-Astoria in honor of Adonis, an extremely popular Broadway burlesque musical at the time about a hunky male statue who (spoiler alert) comes to life only to find humanity so unbearable that he chooses to turn back to stone. Were he to have been given this velvety cocktail, he might have had a change of heart.
There are those who consider the Manhattan a little sweet for their tastes. Enter the Perfect Manhattan—a recipe variation that calls for equal parts dry and sweet vermouth for a more balanced version of the classic cocktail. Though we believe Manhattans should always be made with rye, bourbon is also an acceptable option, especially in...