Gin • Sweet

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The Bronx is not a take on a Manhattan, as you might think. Rather, it’s a variation on a Perfect Martini. The cocktail dates back to the very early 1900s when a customer challenged Waldorf Astoria bartender Johnnie Solon to create a brand new cocktail. Solon shook up a mixture of gin, fresh orange juice, and sweet and dry vermouths. When the waiter asked Solon for the name of the drink before delivering the cocktail to the challenging customer, Solon thought back to a recent visit to the Bronx Zoo. Customers had told the bartender strange stories about seeing beasts after having one too many cocktails. Solon replied, “Oh, you can tell him it is a Bronx.” The cocktail was an instant hit and became nearly as ubiquitous as the Manhattan and the Martini. Its popularity has since waned, but it’s certainly worth shaking up.

The Essentials

orange juice
The Details


2 oz gin
.5 oz vermouth
.5 oz vermouth
1 oz orange juice
orange twist


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a chilled coupe.
  • Garnish with an orange twist, if you please.

Mix it Up

If you replace the Bronx’s orange juice with pineapple juice, you have a Queens cocktail.

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