Refreshing Fridays: Go Classic with a Manhattan

- Melanie Zieba,

Way back in the early 1870’s at the Manhattan Club in New York City, the Manhattan cocktail was born.

Manhattan-cocktailOften called the “king of cocktails” and a drinking man’s cocktail, it’s also pretty popular with the ladies and is a popular concoction for any bartender to build off of. Subject to considerable variation there are many varieties stemming from this classic from Ruby to Dry to Perfect to even a version called Rob Roy. But whatever your style, noting beats the original.

If you want to turn sophistication up a notch it’s time to get your Manhattan making skills down. And like any classic, it’s quick, simple and oh so delicious.

To Make a Manhattan: (from David A. Embury’s classic “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks”)

-5 parts American Whiskey
-1 part Italian (sweet) vermouth
-A dash of Angostura bitters

Bring ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice, stir and serve in a martini glass garnished with a maraschino cherry. Fabulous!

To get a truly great Manhattan you need to go straight to the source. Here are some of the best hotels in New York City to get your Manhattan:

the-standard-hotel-new-yorkThe Standard, New York:
Visitors to Manhattan who want a trendy, modern experience should consider staying at The Standard, New York. This trendy hotel is located in the chic Meatpacking District. Guests can get a great (and somewhat controversial) view of The High Line, New York’s elevated railroad turned green space. Remember: if you can see people, people can see you. Wear some pants.


Jumeirah Essex House:
Lovers of some of New York’s finest heritage buildings will thoroughly enjoy the Jumeirah Essex House. This hotel first opened its doors in 1931. At 509 recently-refurbished rooms, guests can enjoy this New York hotel’s exquisite location – right next to Central Park.

six-columbus-nyc-hotel6 Columbus:
Fans of interior designer Steven Sclaroff will be impressed with 6 Columbus, one of his projects right in the heart of Manhattan. Referred to as an “urban retreat”, this lovely luxury boutique hotel in New York is found on Columbus Circle across from Central Park, and is one of the newest additions to the Thompson Hotels Collection.

greenwich-hotel-nycThe Greenwich Hotel:
Surrounded by cobblestone streets and historic brick warehouses, Greenwich Hotel is found in the interesting and unique TriBeCa neighborhood. This is where you should stay if you’re interested in New York’s best boutiques, art galleries and eateries.

the-plaza-new-york-cityThe Plaza Hotel:
Large rooms, a luxurious French décor and high attention to detail are but a few of the many reasons to stay at The Plaza Hotel in New York. And, if you’re a fan of Gossip Girls, you will definitely want to stay here because this is where the show is filmed. The Plaza was just awarded a 2010 AAA Five Diamond Rating for the first time in its history, so now is a better time than ever to stay here if you’re looking for quality.

soho-house-new-yorkSoho House New York:
Boutique, gorgeous and oh-so New York, Soho House New York is both a private members’ club and a hotel in the Meatpacking District. Found in an old warehouse, guests will enjoy the interior brick walls (so New York!), the rooftop pool with views of the West Village and Hudson River, and the intimate atmosphere that comes with a hotel that is only 24 rooms in size.

mandarin-oriental-new-yorkMandarin Oriental New York:
No trip to Manhattan is complete without a day of shopping, and the Mandarin Oriental New York is close to some of the city’s best shopping. If you want to see some of New York’s best sites, this is also a great place to be due to its proximity to Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building. Guests here will get excellent views of both Central Park and the city skyline.

smyth-tribecaSmyth Tribeca – A Thompson Hotel:
Modern and classical all at the same time, Smyth Tribeca (found on trendy West Broadway) is one of those rare finds in that it’s bold and soft, simple and complex. Lovers of fine design will truly enjoy this unique loft-style hotel.


Trump International Hotel and Tower New York:
A New York icon, The Trump International Hotel and Tower New York is where you should stay if you’re on business in the Big Apple. This boutique hotel has 167 rooms, and is sure to give you the personalized and customized attention that you’re used to.  To decompress, remember to check out this hotel’s gorgeous 6,000 square foot spa.

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