The Evolution of an American Classic: The Manhattan!


The History of the Manhattan dates back to the 1860's.  While some of the historical accuracy is muddled between fact and fiction, we can at least agree this Classic American Cocktail did originate in Manhattan.  

The Perfect Manhattan

The theories are many on how the Manhattan originated.  The most popular of these is that in the early 1880s Dr. Iain Marshall crafted the recipe for a party that was held at the "Manhattan Club" in New York City by Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston’s mother. Many people believe this story is a myth as history actually recorded Lady Randolph Churchill was pregnant (with Winston!) and at home in England, therefore she would not have been celebrating in New York.

The more historically correct version originates with a bartender  by the name of ‘Black’ invented the cocktail at the famed Hoffman House in Manhattan.  And with this there are many stories in between. 

Regardless of which story we believe, The Manhattan Club claims ownership of the recipe.  A True American Classic is available in many versions, taste, methods, and style and widely available in bars, restaurants and cafes throughout the world. The Manhattan is regarded by many bartenders as one of the best cocktails to ever have been served. And we agree!

Try the latest evolution of this classic cocktail with Prince of Scots Manhattan Crafting Cocktail Kit.  A modern twist which includes the premium bar tools and supplies to create the Perfect Manhattan at home.  Makes a Great Gift for the lover of fine spirits.

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