It’s Bourbon Heritage Month, ya’ll, and we’ve got the perfect book to help you celebrate! In The Manhattan Cocktail, Albert W. A. Schmid helps readers explore the history of the Manhattan Cocktail, detailing the places, people, and recipes that make this bourbon cocktail so unique. Below, we’ve gathered some highlights to give you a sip of what you will discover in The Manhattan Cocktail. Cheers!
THE WHISKEY RING
In 1875, Republican Benjamin Helm Bristow, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, broke a powerful political ring that had siphoned off millions of federal tax dollars from the production and sale of liquor. There were 110 convictions and over $3 milllion in taxes were recovered, mostly from Republican politicians.
J. P. MORGAN
John Pierpont “J. P.” Morgan was one of the most influential men in business and politics in the
late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was also very wealthy. As such, his preferences
and habits were closely followed by others—and J. P. Morgan enjoyed a Manhattan every day at the close of trading on Wall Street.
THE OLD HOUSE MANHATTAN
The Old House Restaurant was located on South Fifth
Street in downtown Louisville from 1946 to 1995. Many
notable people dined there, including Tex Ritter, Walt
Disney, Rocky Marciano, and former presidents Gerald
Ford and Ronald Reagan. In 1969, the then owner Erma
Biesel Dick wrote a cookbook, The Old House Holiday
and Party Cookbook. In the cocktail chapter she lists the
twelve most popular cocktails served at the Old House,
including the second most popular, the Manhattan, and
the eighth most popular, the Rob Roy.
¾ ounce sweet vermouth
1½ ounces bourbon whiskey
Stir well in mixing glass with a few pieces of cracked
ice. Strain into cocktail glass and drop in a cherry.
The Manhattan Cocktail covers everything that the aficionado needs to know about the classic cocktail through an examination of its history and ingredients. Author Albert W. A. Schmid dispels several persistent myths, including the tale that the Manhattan was created in 1874 by bartenders at New York City’s Manhattan Club to honor the newly elected Governor Samuel Jones Tilden at Lady Randolph Churchill’s request. Schmid also explores the places and people that have contributed to the popularity of the drink and inspired its lore, including J. P. Morgan, who enjoyed a Manhattan every day at the end of trading on Wall Street.