Vintage Cocktails #33: The Brooklyn Cocktail


The Brooklyn Cocktail, unlike the Bronx and Manhattan, has somewhat faded into obscurity. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Amer Picon and it’s alternative, Torani Amer, are not easily found in the states, or maybe that maraschino liqueur is still a rarity in many a bar’s stock, but whatever the case, it really is a tragedy. The Brooklyn cocktail is like a fancy version of the Manhattan, substituting the Amer Picon for the bitters, and adding the maraschino to balance it out. The rye whiskey provides a strong spicy backbone, rather than using the sweeter bourbon that is often found in the Manhattans of today.

The Brooklyn Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1/4 oz Amer Picon or Torani Amer
1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur

You can watch bartender Eric Alperin from LA’s The Varnish make a fantastic Brooklyn here.

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