The Bronx cocktail may not immediately give away its ingredients, but it’s far more complex than its simple name would suggest. Add to this a mild sweetness and very well balanced flavors and you’ve got a new favorite.
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What is the Bronx ?
The Bronx is a blend between the Orange Blossom and Perfect Martini (popular on the late ’20s), comprised of gin, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, orange juice, and orange bitters. Together these drinks make a complex and delicious cocktail that’s named after the actual Bronx in NY.
As for the actual birth date of the Bronx or who first made it, accounts vary and disagree, but it’s likely it came about within the same timeframe as the other two related cocktails.
Bronx Cocktail Recipe
- 2 oz gin
- 0.25 oz blanc or dry vermouth
- 0.25 oz sweet vermouth
- 1 oz orange juice
- 1 dash orange or aromatic bitters
- In a shaker combine gin, vermouths, orange juice, bitters, ice. Shake very well.
- Strain into chilled coupe glass.
When is this drink best ?
I think the Bronx is great as a late night sipper, or served after dinner. I see it as more of a winter or fall cocktail because of the deep, earthy flavors that speak more of hearths, wood, leather, and dim lighting.
I could see the Bronx served at formal events such as weddings, business meetings, and some celebrations. I don’t see this as an easy to drink club cocktail but more of a sipper you ponder and reflect on. It really is complex.
My thoughts on Bronx
I found the Bronx to be very complex, and I think it’s mainly due to the sweet vermouth and aromatic bitters. These two add a a whole lot of flavor and depth to the Bronx, and also a little bit of bitterness towards the end. They overshadow the gin here, despite being in such a small quantity.
It’s not a very sweet cocktail, but it’s still on the stronger alcohol side. Overall a very delicious cocktail but not in a Pina Colada way. The more you sip this, the more you understand it and the better it gets.
If you like Bronx, you might also like…
Leap Year – halfway similar to Bronx, a bit more sour
Orange Blossom – a Bronx without the bitters
Perfect Martini – a far more complex Martini
Notes, substitutes, and tips
The original recipe calls for orange bitters, which I did not have. I used aromatic bitters instead and expressed some orange peel into the drink.
Sweet vermouth is truly potent, even in such a small dose (0.25 oz). This is a perfect cocktail if you want to ease into sweet vermouth. It’s also the only thing that adds a bit of sweetness here, aside from the orange juice.