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McKinley’s Delight

McKinley's Delight was created in 1896 to celebrate the 25th president's election. This lost classic is a spin on the Manhattan. Many presidents had cocktails created in their honor, but few have stood the test of time. Created in 1896 during the 25th president’s election, the McKinley’s Delight is an exception. It incorporates classic elements from the Manhattan, but dresses them up for the special occasion with cherry liqueur and a dash of absinthe.


  • 2 oz Straight rye whiskey
  • 1 oz Italian red vermouth
  • 1 tsp Cherry liqueur
  • 1 dash Absinthe
  • Garnish: 1 Lemon peel


  1. Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.

  2. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  3. Cut a thin swatch of lemon peel, twist over the drink and discard.