The Manhattan is the quintessential mix of rye whisky and sweet vermouth with Angostura bitters. Cocktail historians suggest that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York city in the early 1870s. After the Martini, Manhattan became the most popular pre-dinner drink in the United Sates; it also formed the foundation of many other cocktails. Traditionalists insist that a Manhattan be made with rye whisky.  However, if you are paying for you cocktail, have it the way you like it.