Please!!A twist of lemon?? Come on! a classic manhattan is made with a maraschino cherry or two. A drop of cherry juice to the mixture adds that perfect finish. By the way, none of that cheap maraschino stuff either. Yes, the manhattan is the drink of choice after a hard day. But please, no lemon...and no bourbon.
Yes, a twist of lemon. Perfectly acceptable substitute when there aren't any maraschinos to be had. At least we can agree that bourbon is completely unacceptable.
The lemon adds to much astringency to the drink. It was, and is meant to be a slightly sweet drink. Hence the cherry. If you don't have cherries, drink it pure!!
To quote the Dude, "Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man."
The Dude abides! But decades of drinking cocktails is more than an opinion - no lemon.
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