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The Cobble Hill Cocktail / A modern classic by Sam Ross

Nestled in the heart of Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood, a cocktail emerged in 2009 that would soon become a modern classic. Crafted by the talented mixologist Sam Ross, the Cobble Hill cocktail brings a contemporary twist to the traditional cocktail landscape. Join us as we explore the history and savor the recipe of this innovative libation.

Sam Ross and the Birth of the Cobble Hill:

In 2009, Sam Ross, known for his contributions to the modern cocktail renaissance, created the Cobble Hill cocktail at the renowned New York City cocktail bar, Milk & Honey. Sam Ross's inventive approach to mixology and his ability to blend unexpected flavors came to life in the creation of the Cobble Hill cocktail. This drink not only pays homage to its Brooklyn roots but also showcases Ross's skillful balance of ingredients.


To recreate Sam Ross's masterpiece, gather the following ingredients:

  • 2 oz Rye whiskey

  • 3/4 oz Dry Vermouth

  • 1/2 oz Amaro Nonino

  • 3 slices of cucumber

  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup

  • Cucumber slice (for garnish)


  1. Begin by muddling three slices of cucumber in the bottom of a mixing glass to extract its refreshing essence.

  2. Add 2 ounces of Rye whiskey to the muddled cucumber, creating a robust base for the cocktail.

  3. Incorporate 3/4 ounce of Dry Vermouth, lending a touch of dryness and sophistication to the mix.

  4. Introduce 1/2 ounce of Amaro Nonino, providing a layer of complexity with its bittersweet notes.

  5. Pour in 1/2 ounce of simple syrup to balance the flavors and bring a subtle sweetness to the cocktail.

  6. Fill the mixing glass with ice and shake the ingredients vigorously to meld the flavors and chill the mixture.

  7. Strain the concoction into a chilled rocks glass over fresh ice, allowing the vibrant cucumber flavors to shine.

  8. Garnish your Cobble Hill cocktail with a thin cucumber slice for a visually appealing finish.

The Cobble Hill Experience:

As you raise your glass to enjoy the Cobble Hill cocktail, you'll experience a harmonious blend of cucumber's freshness, the boldness of Rye whiskey, and the nuanced flavors of Amaro Nonino. Sam Ross's creation is a testament to his innovative spirit, making the Cobble Hill a delightful exploration of flavors.


The Cobble Hill cocktail, born from the creative mind of Sam Ross, stands as a testament to the evolution of mixology in the 21st century. Whether you're a cocktail enthusiast or a home bartender eager to experiment, this modern classic invites you to savor the innovative blend of flavors. So, gather your ingredients, toast to Sam Ross's ingenuity, and enjoy the refreshing allure of the Cobble Hill. Cheers!

Cheers Rusty

Watch me make it here.

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