Make This: The Fairmont Royal York's Manhattan

Rus Yessenov, director of mixology at the Fairmont Royal York walks us through the iconic manhattan cocktail.

Classic Manhattan cocktail recipe.

Serves 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Popularized during the second half of the 19th century, the manhattan cocktail’s origin is unclear despite many fantastic tales. Legend has it that the drink was created in 1874 for Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston, to honour presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden.

Whether it was first served at the Manhattan Club in New York City or not, one thing is for certain: the cocktail’s significance was such that its predecessor became “old fashioned.”

Proportions have changed many times, but the three key ingredients (whiskey, vermouth and bitters) have stood the test of time. With that in mind, there’s something idyllic about nestling oneself in the comfort of a historic hotel lobby and ordering a well-crafted manhattan. If only the walls could speak.


  • 2 oz Lot 40 rye
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until well chilled and diluted.
  2. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupette.