The exact origin of the Manhattan cocktail is murky, but there are two primary stories that propose to explain its creation. The first story claims a bartender named Dr. Iain Marshall created the drink for Winston Churchill’s mother at party celebrating Samuel Tilden. Yet this story is unlikely considering Mrs. Churchill was in England and pregnant at the time of the party.
“B&K says the frozen, syrupy sweet daiquiri I had on vacation is a Classic Cocktail?” Well, no. But the refreshingly tart cocktail invented in 1898 by Jennings Cox in the beach town of Daiquiri, Cuba is definitely a classic.
“Hey barkeep, set me up a whiskey cocktail — the old fashioned way.” If you were ordering an Old Fashioned in the late 19th century, it might’ve sounded something like that. The original “cocktail” was simply a combination of a spirit, sugar, bitters, and ice.