From Hollywood legends including Joan Crawford, Bing Crosby and Elizabeth Taylor to political dignitaries such as Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, The Brown Hotel has hosted many well-known patrons during its 90-year history. Perhaps some of those famous visitors enjoyed a Manhattan cocktail in the hotel’s elegant environs.
Cocktail lore suggests the cocktail was invented at the Manhattan Club in 1874 to celebrate William J. Tilden’s election as New York’s governor. The Brown Hotel’s take on the cocktail classic is made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, sweet vermouth, orange bitters and garnished with a house made bourbon-soaked cherry.
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
3 dashes orange bitters
In a mixing glass, add bourbon, vermouth and bitters. Stir. Strain into martini glass and garnish with bourbon-soaked cherry.