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  • The Rusty Bartender

The Brooklyn cocktail's history and recipe.

Step into the world of mixology, where each cocktail tells a story of creativity and refinement. The Brooklyn cocktail, a hidden gem in the world of classic drinks, boasts a rich history and a complex flavor profile that captivates the palate. Join us as we delve into the origins of the Brooklyn cocktail and learn how to craft this sophisticated elixir in the comfort of your own home.

A Glimpse into History:

The Brooklyn cocktail emerged during the early 20th century, gaining popularity alongside other iconic cocktails of its time. While its exact origins remain a bit elusive, the drink is believed to have originated in the borough for which it's named—Brooklyn, New York. The cocktail first appeared in print in the 1908 edition of "Jack's Manual," a comprehensive bartending guide by J.A. Grohusko.


To embark on the journey of crafting the Brooklyn cocktail, gather the following ingredients:

  • 2 oz Rye whiskey

  • 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth

  • 1/4 oz Maraschino liqueur

  • 1/4 oz Amer Picon or a suitable substitute (such as Torani Amer)

  • Orange twist (for garnish)


  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice, preparing it to chill the ingredients.

  2. Add 2 ounces of Rye whiskey to the chilled mixing glass, laying the foundation for the cocktail's bold flavor.

  3. Introduce 1/2 ounce of Dry Vermouth, contributing a touch of dryness and complexity to the mix.

  4. Add 1/4 ounce of Maraschino liqueur, a cherry-flavored delight that brings a subtle sweetness to the cocktail.

  5. Include 1/4 ounce of Amer Picon or an appropriate substitute, adding a hint of bitterness and herbal notes.

  6. Stir the mixture thoroughly with a bar spoon, ensuring all the ingredients blend seamlessly.

  7. Strain the concoction into a chilled coupe glass, allowing the cocktail to shine in its elegant presentation.

  8. Garnish your Brooklyn cocktail with a twist of orange peel, expressing its oils over the drink for a fragrant finish.

The Brooklyn Experience:

As you raise your glass to take that first sip of the Brooklyn cocktail, you'll be met with a symphony of flavors. The robust Rye whiskey forms the backbone, while the Dry Vermouth, Maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon harmonize to create a drink that's both complex and well-balanced. The orange twist garnish adds a final touch, contributing a citrusy aroma that enhances the overall drinking experience.


The Brooklyn cocktail, with its mysterious past and refined taste, offers a glimpse into the golden era of cocktail culture. Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or an aspiring home bartender, this classic concoction is a delightful addition to your repertoire. So, gather your ingredients, mix with flair, and savor the elegance of the Brooklyn cocktail. Cheers to timeless taste!

Cheers Rusty.

Watch me make it here.

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