Southern California is a long way from the Bronx, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy the neighborhood’s alcoholic namesake, the Bronx cocktail. The Bronx cocktail, according to legend, wasn’t actually invented in the Bronx neighborhood, but in Manhattan, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, by resident bartender Johnnie Solon.
Solon was known as one of the greatest bartenders around during the turn of the 20th century. Apparently, the headwaiter of the main dining room was giving Solon a hard time about not being able to create anything new. Without missing a beat, Solon took two jiggers of dry gin, a jigger of orange juice, and a little of both sweet and dry vermouth, and shook up something new. Literally.
When the headwaiter tasted Solon’s off the cuff creation (Solon hadn’t even tried it), he was in disbelief. The Bronx was fantastic! He promised to turn Solon’s new cocktail – which he dubbed ‘the Bronx cocktail’ in honor of New York City’s zoo – into a sensation, a promise that he certainly upheld.
Throughout the 1930s, the Bronx was one of the most popular cocktails in existence. In 1934, it ranked only behind the martini and the Manhattan in popularity. We’ve put our own spin on this classic cocktail recipe, adding a touch of sugar-free lemon flavoring to enliven it a bit.
Amoretti Bronx Cocktail Recipe
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- ¾ oz dry vermouth
- 1 oz orange juice
- 1 tsp Amoretti Premium Sugar Free Lemon Flavoring
- 2 dashes bitters
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. (If you’d like, you can use homemade bitters to make this Bronx cocktail recipe especially unique.) Turn this into a Queens cocktail by substituting pineapple juice in place of orange juice.
If you’ve never tried the Bronx before, we definitely recommend trying it in its original, classic form. Once you’ve had one of those, a touch of our lemon sugar-free flavoring will transform the drink just slightly.
Whenever possible, we like to twist classic cocktail recipes just enough so that they explore new territory while retaining their essential qualities. If you’re a fan of this adaptation and other classic cocktails, be sure to check out our list of 20 Incredible Classic Cocktail Recipes to Try at Home. Have your own favorite classic cocktail? Share it with us on Twitter!