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Swigs of history in a Manhattan

The classic cocktail at the Regent's Manhattan bar is an artful balance of just a few ingredients

Whiskey is at the heart of the Manhattan cocktail. At its inception, it likely relied on American rye, which is distilled from rye mash instead of bourbon's corn or Scotch whisky's barley.

AS IS the case with many legendary cocktails, the Manhattan's origin story is at best apocryphal: two parts anecdote, one part myth.

The popular tale is that the combination of whiskey, vermouth and bitters was invented in the 1870s at a banquet in New York City's Manhattan Club, a social...