We’re not exactly sure what inspired the creation of this cocktail, but we do know it was invented sometime during the late 19th century by New York bartender George J. Kappeler, who was known for slinging drinks at the Holland House Hotel. The name is also a mystery, but apple brandy combined with two herbaceous French liqueurs and bitters does sound dangerously delicious.
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...