If you're going for timeless, straight-out-of-Hollywood glamour, there's nothing better than a classic whiskey cocktail - the kind tough guys and leading ladies have been ordering on screen since the beginning of film. Here are recipes for a few of our favorites.

If you're going for timeless, straight-out-of-Hollywood glamour, there's nothing better than a classic whiskey cocktail - the kind tough guys and leading ladies have been ordering on screen since the beginning of film. Here are recipes for a few of our favorites.

Manhattan

2 ounces bourbon

1 ounce sweet vermouth

Dash of Angostura bitters

Maraschino cherry

Shake the bourbon, vermouth and bitters with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Old-Fashioned

2 maraschino cherries and 2 slices of orange

1 teaspoon sugar or 1 sugar cube

1 or 2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 teaspoon water

2 ounces bourbon

Muddle 1 cherry, 1 orange slice and the sugar, bitters and water in a chilled old-fashioned glass. Remove the orange rind. Add the whiskey and ice, then stir. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

Rob Roy

2 1/2 ounces Scotch

1 ounce sweet vermouth

Dash of Angostura bitters

Maraschino cherry or twist of lemon peel

Shake the Scotch, vermouth and bitters with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or lemon peel.

Whiskey Sour

2 ounces blended whiskey

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon superfine sugar

Slice of orange or lemon (or both) and a maraschino cherry

Shake the whiskey, lemon juice and sugar with ice, then strain over ice into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange or lemon slice (or both) and a maraschino cherry.

Mint Julep

3 sprigs fresh mint

1 teaspoon water

1 teaspoon superfine sugar

2 ounces bourbon

Muddle 2 mint sprigs, the water and the sugar in a highball glass or silver julep cup. Fill the glass with crushed ice, and pour in the bourbon. Garnish with the remaining mint sprig.

Source: Field Guide to Cocktails by Rob Chirico