The Origin of The Manhattan

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One of Uncle Tim’s favorite cocktails is the Manhattan. This delicious concoction consists of bourbon whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. The Manhattan has notes of vanilla and warm spices, with an herbal and sweet quality, and a slightly bitter finish.

The exact origin of this cocktail is a widely debated topic. It is rumored that the manhattan cocktail was created by the late Dr. Iain Manhattan in the late 1800s to please Lady Randolph Churchill, mother to Winston Churchill, in the Manhattan Club in New York. Other accounts say the cocktail was created by a bartender by the name of Black who tended to consumers below Broadway. 

The cocktail recipe wasn’t officially documented as the Manhattan until 1884 when it was featured in “The Modern Bartender’s Guide,” a book by O.H. Byron. Regardless of the origin of this cocktail, the Manhattan garnered a spot as a favorite for whiskey lovers worldwide. 

Our Manhattan comes in three variations as part of the Manhattan series. The Classic Manhattan is just that, classic. It has vast yet balanced flavors of charred wood, burnt spice, vanilla, and cola. Our award-winning Smoked Manhattan is made with Colorado smoked peat whiskey, shining throughout the tasting like a late-night campfire in this cocktail. The Midnight Manhattan is made with an amaro and a cherry liqueur, with a dark and fruity flavor profile that will ignite your tastebuds. 

You can purchase the Manhattan series by bottle in three different sizes: 100mL, 375mL, and 750mL. We also have the Manhattan series available in boxed tasting sets including all three flavor variations, available in both the 100mL and 375mL sizes. 

Our Manhattan products are available for pickup or delivery within 10 miles of Uncle Tim’s Cocktails Tasting Room. Uncle Tim’s Cocktails are also available at liquor stores throughout the Denver Metro area; to find our products near you, visit our store locator.

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