Bronx Cocktail Recipe

Posted in Classics, Gin, Margaritas on February 19, 2014

The Bronx Cocktail

Bronx Cocktail

The Bronx cocktail is also a perfect martini that has a tinge of orange juice added. It was ranked third in the world’s 10 best cocktails that making it a rival competitor towards many other drinks including the Manhattan, Queens, and Martini. These are the major cocktails that are known to be a collection of best cocktail drinks. According to many, the drink originated or better calling it discovered in the Philadelphia. It remained unknown and obscured until discovered by Joseph S. Sormani in a Bronx restaurateur who discovered it in Quaker city in the year 1905. It consists of 4 parts of gin, one part of orange juice and one part of Italian Vermouth. According to Albert Stevens Crockett, historian of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, the original inventor was Johnnie Solon. He used to be one of the best bartenders to have ever worked in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.  Solon would be the original creator between 1899 and 1906. The Bronx cocktail was either created between those years or much before it.

What is a Bronx Cocktail?

The original recipe has been distorted for many years, but the old recipe is available and is still being used and to compare with other recipes. Johnnie Solon was the original inventor of the cocktail. He was known to one of the best bartenders in the bar scene and was one of the best mixologists and later invented the Bronx Cocktail. The Bronx is a mildly and flavorful mildly sweet fruity drink that is without being sticky. They are inspired by Duplex, which is not really similar. It takes a total of 3 minutes for the drink to be made and that yields 1 cocktail.  Rumors have it that although Solon never touched a drink, he was a master with  mixing cocktails and none have ever surpassed his skill.


  • Gin – 30ml (6 parts)
  • Sweet Red Vermouth – 15ml
  • Dry vermouth – 10ml
  • 15ml of orange juice

How do you make a Bronx Cocktail?

  • Ø Pour all ingredients into a large cocktail shaker
  • Ø Mix ingredients with ice cubes till it is chilled
  • Ø Shake well and stir before use
  • Ø Strain in the chilled cocktail glass and serve



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