Bronx

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Cocktail History

The Bronx is a classic cocktail that was created by Johnny Solon in the early 1900s at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York. It is essentially a lighter, fruitier take on a perfect martini made with gin, citrus, and vermouth, and although it’s since been overshadowed by the Manhattan, it was at one point considered the #3 cocktail in the world. It was also named for the Bronx Zoo in New York.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Prairie Organic Navy Strength Gin for its high alcohol content and notes of lemon zest, angelica root, and blended spices.

Orange Juice: This adds sweet citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Dry Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry because it’s light and airy.

Sweet Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth because it’s Alex’s favorite sweet vermouth, with dark notes of herbs, figs, licorice, cinnamon, and cocoa.

Orange Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with orange and botanicals. They add citrus flavor and spice to the drink for more complexity. We used Scrappy’s Bitters Orange Bitters because they offer the classic taste of bitter oranges, herbs, and spices.

Orange Wedge: This is the garnish. It adds more fresh orange aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Although similar to other classics, this drink’s gin base makes it very flavorful, fruity, and somewhat sweet compared to the whiskey-based classics. Kendall actually liked this recipe a lot more than those, but Alex preferred the more famous borough.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 1 oz Orange Juice
 ¼ oz Dry Vermouth
 ¼ oz Sweet Vermouth
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 1 Orange Wedge

Method
1

Add gin, orange juice, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with orange wedge.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 1 oz Orange Juice
 ¼ oz Dry Vermouth
 ¼ oz Sweet Vermouth
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 1 Orange Wedge

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, orange juice, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with orange wedge.

Bronx

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More Classic Cocktails

If you like this classic cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Manhattan: A whiskey cocktail made with sweet vermouth, orange bitters, an orange peels, and a cherry

 Brooklyn: A rye cocktail made with dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon

 Vesper Martini: A gin and vodka cocktail made with Lillet Blanc and a lemon twist

 Martinez: A gin cocktail made with sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur, and orange bitters

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