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Day 141, Cocktail 141

OK, I don’t really have a bridge for sale, so will you settle for a cocktail?

Tonight’s effort is the Brooklyn, cousin to the Manhattan.  This is a classic cocktail, and as with most classics the details of its origins are murky.  Also, as with most classic cocktails, the ingredients used today are different in both proportion and specific ingredients.  What I can tell you about the Brooklyn is that it was that borough’s answer to the Manhattan, although by local accounts from the 1930’s the Manhattan was the preferred the cocktail at the time, even in Brooklyn.

The recipe I used tonight is from the CocktailDB.  I think this particular version is representative of the Brooklyn as it was mixed and served in the 1930’s. 


  • 1-1/2 oz rye
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Amer Picon
  • 1/4 oz maraschino liqueur

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with 4-5 ice cubes.  Stir to chill and mix.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

I used Jim Beam rye and Luxardo maraschino.  I also used Agnosturo bitters as the Amer Picon is not readily available (anywhere, not just at the Twilight Lounge!).  The quantity of bitters is indicative of the way cocktails were made around the Prohibition era.  You won’t find too many modern bartenders using that much bitters in a drink.  The drink itself is heavy on the bitters flavor, virtually drowning out the rye and leaving just the faintest hint of maraschino.  I can imangine sitting in a gritty bar in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge sipping one of these.  Ready to find out what life tasted like 80 years ago?  Then try this out!

A side note as well tonight.  I’ll be heading to St. Louis tomorrow for business.  While I’m sure I’ll one or two opportunities for cocktails I may be silent for a few days.


One Comment

  1. Great drink and a very good blog

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