Saturday Evening Cocktail Blogging: the Bronx

by Will on January 30, 2011

This is a drink that I serve to guests who are new to the whole cocktail thing. Nobody has ever claimed not to like it — but some of them might have actually hated it, who knows? In any case, Jen and I are big fans:

The Bronx Cocktail:

1 1/2 oz. gin

3/4 oz. dry vermouth

1/2 oz. sweet vermouth

1 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice

Stir on ice, serve straight up with a cherry or orange peel garnish

According to wikipedia, the Bronx cocktail

was ranked number three in “The World’s 10 Most Famous Cocktails in 1934”, making it a very popular rival to the Martini (#1) and the Manhattan (#2).

That’s high praise!

The “origin stories” of these classic, pre-Prohibition cocktails are usually controversial or contested, in line with the maxim about success having many fathers. One of the claimed originators was a hotshot New York bartender named Johnnie Solon, who claimed to have invented the drink on the fly, in response to a wager between customers. He claimed to have chosen the name because

I had been at the Bronx Zoo a day or two before, and I saw, of course, a lot of beasts I had never known. Customers used to tell me of the strange animals they saw after a lot of mixed drinks. So when Traverson said to me, as he started to take the drink in to the customer, “What’ll I tell him is the name of this drink?” I thought of those animals, and said: “Oh, you can tell him it is a ‘Bronx’.”

Did people in those days really hallucinate animals so often? Science sadly affords us no means of discovering the truth.

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Marsha January 31, 2011 at 3:58 am

The stories, whether true or not, are definately part of the fun. We had another Side Car tonight and find them absolutely delicious. Mom


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