The Manhattan - The Story of the First Modern Cocktail with Author Philip Greene.
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The very first drink to be called a cocktail consisted of Sugar, Bitters and Spirits of any kind - what we now know of as the Old Fashioned. But before the Manhattan came along it was called a "cocktail". Vermouth came on the scene in the 1800's and changed the cocktail scene forever. The Manhattan was the first drink to incorporate a second alcoholic ingredient.