The Manhattan that we're pretty sure came first (*see below) is a mix of 2 ½ ounces of rye whiskey, 1 ounce of sweet vermouth (which isn't as scary an ingredient as you might think) and bitter angostura. Experimenting with ingredients is part of the Martini and Manhattan experience. Depending on where you order a Manhattan, it may contain bourbon, whiskey, or rye. While Martini is traditionally mixed with gin and vermouth, in recent years vodka has proven to be a popular rival as the main ingredient.
A martini at Morton's Steakhouse in Chicago is a matter of style and has nothing to do with the ingredients; the menu offers 40 varieties, not only with gin or vodka, but also with bourbon or tequila, and with garnishes that range from jalapeños to raspberries. The Manhattan is a strong and sophisticated cocktail that is perfect for those looking for something a little different from the typical vodka or gin drink. There are a lot of different types of drinks a girl can order at a bar, and the best drink for her depends on her personal preferences. The Manhattan drink, which is normally served in a martini-style glass with a preserved maraschino cherry, seems to be the better cocktail option of the two.
In a unique tribute to its fame, the classic triangular-shaped glass in which martinis and Manhattan are served is now the accepted international symbol of a bar. Or perhaps its creator was a waiter at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York, Martini di Arma di Taggia. You never know what a waiter might do today, but in terms of basic etiquette, a Manhattan is served in a martini-style glass (or cocktail glass). The Manhattan is a classic cocktail that dates back to the late 19th century, while the Martini is a more modern drink that was invented in the early 20th century.
As far as Barnaby Conrad is concerned, the Martini represents a return to style and tradition by the next generation. Just before the turn of the century, waiters across the country report a notable increase in requests for martinis and Manhattan.