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The Greenpoint Cocktail / History and recipe

In the labyrinth of classic cocktails, the Greenpoint stands out as a hidden gem, exuding a

unique blend of sophistication and flair. This drink, with its roots embedded in the rich history of Brooklyn, takes its name from one of the borough's neighborhoods. Join us on a journey through time as we unravel the history and unveil the secrets behind the Greenpoint cocktail, followed by a detailed guide on how to concoct this delightful libation.

The Birth of the Greenpoint:

The Greenpoint cocktail is a relatively modern creation, emerging in the early 21st century as a tribute to the eponymous Brooklyn neighborhood. Its origins can be traced back to the vibrant cocktail scene of the Pegu Club, a legendary bar in Manhattan known for its innovative mixology. Created by Michael McIlroy, a renowned bartender, the Greenpoint pays homage to the classic cocktail, the Brooklyn, while infusing its own unique twist.

The Essential Ingredients:

  1. Rye Whiskey: At the heart of the Greenpoint is the bold and spicy character of rye whiskey. Opt for a high-quality rye to enhance the overall complexity of the cocktail.

  2. Yellow Chartreuse: This herbal liqueur adds a layer of complexity and a touch of sweetness to the Greenpoint. Its vibrant green color contributes to the cocktail's visual appeal.

  3. Sweet Vermouth: A staple in many classic cocktails, sweet vermouth brings balance and a subtle sweetness to the mix. Choose a quality vermouth to elevate the overall flavor profile.

  4. Angostura Bitters: A few dashes of Angostura bitters add depth and complexity, tying together the various flavors and providing a nuanced finish.

The Recipe:


  • 2 oz Rye whiskey

  • 1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse

  • 1/2 oz Sweet vermouth

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Orange peel (for garnish)


  1. In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine 2 ounces of rye whiskey.

  2. Add 1/2 ounce each of Yellow Chartreuse and sweet vermouth to the mix.

  3. Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters to enhance the cocktail's depth.

  4. Stir the ingredients well to chill and properly dilute the mixture.

  5. Strain the concoction into a chilled coupe or martini glass.

  6. Express the oils from a twist of orange peel over the drink by giving it a gentle twist, then drop the peel into the glass for a citrusy aroma.

  7. Sip, savor, and relish in the allure of the Greenpoint cocktail.

The Greenpoint cocktail stands as a testament to the evolving landscape of mixology, combining tradition with innovation. Whether you're a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or a curious newcomer, the Greenpoint invites you to explore the streets of flavor and experience the artistry of a well-crafted drink. So, shake off the urban hustle, mix up a Greenpoint, and let the symphony of flavors transport you to the heart of Brooklyn's vibrant cocktail culture.

Cheers Rusty

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