The Manhattan cocktail is one of the most popular pre-prohibition cocktails being crafted in bars all around the world.

It’s spirit-forward, slightly bitter and beautifully aromatic from the bitters. Like many other classic cocktails, the origin of this drink is not perfectly clear.

The most widely accepted story is that a bartender named Black created the cocktail in the early 1880’s at the famous Hoffman House in New York, but there are no shortages of entertaining stories. My personal favorite (albeit debunked) story was that the cocktail was created for a political event hosted by Winston’ Churchill’s Mother.

No matter who came up with the original recipe, generations of cocktail lovers tip their coupes in gratitude. (Myself included!)

Here’s how to make a classic Manhattan: