This series highlights the International Bartenders Association (IBA) The Unforgettables cocktails. I have decided to work my way through this series of cocktails to investigate the classics as I teach myself mixology and build out my home bar.

Of all the cocktails in this list, the Manhattan is the one I am most familiar with. I used to think of it as an old person’s drink. I have an image of the blue hairs at Jesse’s Dockside ordering these during the senior citizen discount time. Perhaps I am now an old guy and that’s why it appeals to me. Perhaps.

I’ve always been a whiskey guy, so this fits in that vein. It’s spirits forward (all spirits) and up. It’s what I think of as a cocktail.

When I first began the bar back at the house, this was the cocktail that started it all. When I re-started things here at 3-Cubed, it was there in the beginning. It’s the cocktail that I have posited would win out as my go-to cocktail. Have to say the Last Word is giving it a run for its money. 🙂

I have previously toyed with this cocktail. I accept the 2:1 ration of rye to sweet vermouth, therefore, I did not follow the IBA recipe. I used two ounces of Rittenhouse rye and one ounce of Antica Formula sweet vermouth. Both were recommended a few years ago when I initially researched this. I have been pleased since. Even so, I will be dabbling with the ingredients. I have Wild Turkey 101 Rye that is sitting here ready to take Rittenhouse’s place. Nothing wrong with Rittenhouse; I rather like it. I think the WT I will like even more. I will try substitutiing Cocchi for the Antica too. I don’t think it will win out as the Antica is wonderful, but Cocchi is one-third the price. 😉



Recipe by Robert OwensCourse: Cocktails, The Unforgettables


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IBA recipe


  • 50 ml Rye Whiskey

  • 20 ml Sweet Red Vermouth

  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters


  • Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a cocktail cherry.

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