Brooklyn

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Cocktail History

The Brooklyn is a classic whiskey cocktail that was invented pre-Prohibition and named for the borough in New York City. Although it shares some similarities to its cousin the Manhattan in that it’s made with whiskey and vermouth, this recipe is unique because it calls for Amer Picon, a bitter French liqueur made with orange peel, gentian root, cinchona, sugar, and caramel.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Rye: This is one of the base spirits. We used Heaven Hill Distillery’s Rittenhouse Rye because it has a rich and clean taste with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, and citrus.

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

Maraschino Liqueur: This is a cherry-flavored liqueur. We used Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur for its earthy aroma and sweet, creamy cherry flavor.

Amer Picon: This is a French liqueur made with orange peel, gentian root, cinchona, sugar, and caramel. Amer Picon can be difficult to find in the United States, so we weren’t able to locate a bottle of it in our area. Instead we used Cointreau for similar flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Brooklyn features slight sweet fruit aromas, a very robust taste with cherry on the front of the palate and orange on the back, and the spicy burn of rye on the finish.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We thought this drink was very fit for the cold, rainy days and that it would definitely keep you warm while sitting by an open window watching a storm.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Rye
 ½ oz Dry Vermouth
 ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
 ¼ oz Amer Picon

Method
1

Add rye, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, Amer Picon, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Rye
 ½ oz Dry Vermouth
 ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
 ¼ oz Amer Picon

Directions

Method
1

Add rye, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, Amer Picon, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Brooklyn

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More Rye Cocktails

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

 Remember The Maine: A rye cocktail made with sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur, absinthe, and a cherry

 Falling Leaves: A rye cocktail made with Amaro Montenegro, toasted fig syrup, chocolate bitters, and an orange slice

 Mott & Mulberry: A rye cocktail made with Amaro Abano, apple cider, lemon juice, Demerara syrup, and apple slices

 Midnight Stinger: A whiskey cocktail made with Fernet-Branca, lemon juice, simple syrup, and mint

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