The Bronx


The Bronx is a cocktail that has been essentially deemed the “Perfect Martini” but with orange juice added to it. It was ranked number three in “The World’s 10 Most Famous Cocktails in 1934” behind the Martini (#1) and the Manhattan (#2). There are two stories that credit the drink to a specific bartender that originated the drink. One story claims that Joseph Sormani, a Bronx restaurateur, who invented the drink in, believe it or not, Philadephia in 1905. According to Albert Stevens Crockett, historian of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the inventor of the Bronx cocktail was actually Johnnie Solan (or Solon) who was a pre-Prohibition bartender at the Manhattan hotel. The name of the cocktail, lest it be forgotten, was not named after one of the boroughs in New York but after the Bronx Zoo.


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
  • Dash of Orange Bitters


Add the gin, sweet and dry vermouth, orange juice (or orange and lemon juice), and orange bitters, to a cocktail shaker. Fill the shakers two-thirds full with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until well-chilled, about 20-30 seconds. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.


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