Spicy rye whiskey is traditionally used to make a proper Manhattan, but if rye isn't to your liking, bourbon is an acceptable and tasty alternative.
2 fl. oz. (1/4 cup) rye whiskey
1 fl. oz. (2 Tbs.) sweet vermouth
2 dashes bitters, preferably Angostura
1 maraschino cherry
Pour the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass over ice. Stir for approximately 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail or martini glass. Garnish with the maraschino cherry.
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