Bronx Cocktail

from The Craft of the Cocktail

  • 1.5 ounces Gin
  • .25 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • .25 ounce Dry Vermouth
  • 1.5 ounces Orange Juice
  • Orange Peel (Garnish)

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a large cocktail glass. Garnish with the orange peel. dash Angostura, optional.

When the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was just the Waldorf, and it stood where the Empire State Building stands today, it was the home of the famous Big Brass Rail, the watering hole for the robber barons of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was also the home of Johnnie Solon, top barman of the day. Shortly after a trip to the newly opened Bronx Zoo, Johnnie invented the Bronx Cocktail for a guest, claiming it was impossible to discern any difference between the zoo and his bar.