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Crafting the Perfect Bensonhurst Cocktail: A Unique Recipe with Dolin Vermouth, Cynar Amaro, and Maraschino Liqueur

The Origins of the Bensonhurst

Nestled in the realm of classic cocktails, the Bensonhurst is a lesser-known gem that emerged in the cocktail renaissance of the 21st century. Named after the Brooklyn neighborhood, this cocktail pays homage to the rich cultural tapestry of New York City. Though its exact origin remains somewhat elusive, it's believed to have been crafted in the early 2000s, drawing inspiration from the classic Manhattan cocktail.

The Bensonhurst Cocktail Recipe


  • 2 oz rye whiskey

  • 3/4 oz Dolin Vermouth

  • 1/2 oz Cynar Amaro

  • 1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur

  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Orange twist, for garnish


1. Gather Your Ingredients:

Assemble your arsenal: a quality rye whiskey, Dolin Vermouth, Cynar Amaro, Maraschino Liqueur, and Angostura bitters.

2. Ice the Glass:

Chill your glass by placing it in the freezer or filling it with ice water while you prepare the ingredients.

3. Measure and Pour:

In a mixing glass, combine 2 ounces of rye whiskey, 3/4 ounce of Dolin Vermouth, 1/2 ounce of Cynar Amaro, and 1/4 ounce of Maraschino Liqueur.

4. Add the Bitters:

Introduce the complexity of flavor with three dashes of Angostura bitters. This secret ingredient adds depth and a subtle spice to the mix.

5. Shake or Stir:

Depending on your preference, shake or stir the mixture. Stirring creates a silky, smooth texture, while shaking introduces aeration and a touch of frothiness.

6. Strain into Glass:

Discard the ice from your chilled glass and strain the concoction into it, revealing the rich, amber elixir.

7. Garnish:

Express the cocktail's aromatic oils by twisting an orange peel over the drink, then drop it in for a citrusy essence.

Sip and Revel

The Bensonhurst is a symphony of sweet, bitter, and boozy notes, showcasing the craftsmanship of a well-balanced cocktail. With the addition of Maraschino Liqueur to the unique combination of Dolin Vermouth and Cynar Amaro, this rendition offers a distinct twist on the original recipe, making it a must-try for cocktail enthusiasts seeking a new adventure in flavor.

Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or a cocktail enthusiast, the Bensonhurst with Dolin Vermouth, Cynar Amaro, and Maraschino Liqueur beckons, promising a delightful departure from the usual suspects. So, shake off the ordinary and savor the unique charm of this Brooklyn-born libation.

Raise your glass to the Bensonhurst—a testament to the ever-evolving world of mixology that continues to surprise and delight with every sip.

Cheers Rusty

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