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How To Cocktail Video: The Manhattan

04/04/2012 11:01 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

Like the city it's named for, this classic cocktail is the epitome of urbane sophistication. But that doesn't mean it's difficult to make.

Created sometime in the mid-to-late 1800s, the three-ingredient tipple is a relative of the Martini, Rob Royand Bobby Burns. It was probably made originally with rye whiskey, but bourbon is perfectly acceptable today. (Though if you've never tried a spicy rye Manhattan, we highly recommend it.)

In the short video below, top bartender and Liquor.com advisory board member Dushan Zaric shows you how to make a special version of the Manhattan, which is on the menu at his award-winning New York bar Employees Only. (If you want the traditional recipe, just leave out the Grand Marnier.)