Friday, March 2, 2012

The Bronx cocktail drink recipe, a popular Prohibition Era cocktail drink.

Prohibition Era cocktails: Learn how to make the classic "Bronx Cocktail."

This is a pre prohibition era drink that was very popular during the prohibition era as well.
Story has it that it was invented around the turn of the century.
It was one of the most popular cocktails during the 1930's. a true classic cocktail drink.

It was listed as one of the World's ten Most Famous Cocktails in 1934.

Bronx cocktail drink photo
Bronx cocktail drink.

The man who invented the Bronx cocktail was Johnnie Solon who was a pre-Prohibition bartender at the popular Manhattan hotel. He was said to be one of the best mixers behind the bar counter for most of the hotel's history.  He is said to have named the Bronx Cocktail after the Bronx Zoo, where he said he saw drunks hallucinate about wild animals.

This cocktail is really just a perfect martini with the addition of the orange juice. The Bronx is also a close relative of the Queens cocktail, that uses pineapple juice.

Today it is listed as a "Official Cocktail" by the International Bartender Association.

"Bronx Cocktail" Recipe

  • 6 parts Gin
  • 3 parts Sweet RedVermouth
  • 2 parts Dry Vermouth
  • 3 parts Orange juice

Cocktail Mixing Instructions:
Pour all of the listed ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
Shake until cold and frosty.
Strain into a chilled cocktail or martini glass and serve.

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Be sure to check out the other free article and recipes about cocktails of the Prohibition-Era and the roaring 20's. Learn about popular cocktails in the speakeasies and juke joints. A great classic gin recipe to try.