A Manhattan cocktail in a glass
The Waldorf Cocktail Is A Spin On The Manhattan With A Splash Of Absinthe
A Manhattan has rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, aromatic bitters, and a maraschino cherry garnish. The Waldorf cocktail keeps these ingredients but adds the surprise of absinthe.
Absinthe's relatively strong taste and powerful flavor make it a distinct addition. When the drink first emerged in the early 1900s, it held equal amounts of all three liquors.
Modern-day cocktail entrepreneurs temper the absinthe for something more palatable, dialing it down relative to the whiskey and greatly reducing it to a mere rinse of the glass.