Bronx Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Bronx cocktail is a classic pre-Prohibition era drink that was created in the early 1900s by a bartender named Johnny Solon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It is said to be named after the Bronx Zoo, as Solon thought the drink had a wild kick to it. The Bronx is a variation of the Martini, with the addition of orange juice.

  • Pre-Prohibition era drink
  • Created by Johnny Solon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
  • Named after the Bronx Zoo

How Bronx Tastes?

The Bronx cocktail has a refreshing, citrusy taste with a hint of sweetness. It is a well-balanced mix of strong gin, tangy orange juice, and herbal vermouth, making it a smooth and easy-to-drink cocktail.

Interesting facts about Bronx

  • The Bronx is one of the five cocktails named after New York City's boroughs
  • It was ranked the third most famous cocktail in the world in 1934
  • The Bronx cocktail is often served as a brunch drink, similar to a Mimosa


A few good options for Bronx are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

Learn everything on which Gin to choose


Using 2oz of gin in this cocktail is essential to creating a strong base. The botanicals of gin are what provide the backbone of the Bronx's flavor profile. If you skimp on the gin, the drink might become too mellow and lose its punch! No gin, no Bronx, it's that simple.

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Dry vermouth adds a herbal complexity that complements the gin. Using 1oz helps maintain the balance between the alcohol and the other flavors. If you go overboard, you might as well be drinking a herb garden, and if you use less, it's like you forgot to RSVP to the flavor party!

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Sweet vermouth brings in a contrasting sweetness that balances the dryness of the other ingredients. 1oz is the sweet spot; too much and you're in candyland, too little and your cocktail might be mistaken for a bitter pill.

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Fresh orange juice gives the Bronx its distinguishing freshness and slightly tart edge, as well as that lovely color. 1oz provides just enough zing without turning the cocktail into a breakfast beverage. No OJ, no sunshine in your glass.

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The garnish is more than just a pretty face! The essential oils add a burst of aroma, which enhances the drinking experience. It's like a little zest of happiness with each sip.

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Recipe. How to make Bronx Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, and orange juice
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with an orange peel

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail vigorously to properly mix the ingredients and chill the drink.
  • Use freshly squeezed orange juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Seafood: Light, non-fried seafood dishes would complement the citrus notes of the Bronx cocktail without overpowering the drink's delicate balance.
  • Poultry: Grilled chicken or turkey sliders can be a delightful pairing with the herbaceous notes of the gin.
  • Appetizers: Pair with a cheese platter; especially those with goat cheese or aged cheddar, which can stand up to the sweetness and acidity in the drink.

Drink Pairings

  • Non-Alcoholic: Sparkling water with a twist of lemon can cleanse the palate without competing with the complexity of the Bronx cocktail.
  • Wine: A light Sauvignon Blanc, with its crisp, fruity notes, may be a suitable wine pairing if transitioning from cocktails to wine during a meal.

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What you could change in Bronx

  • Vodka can be used instead of gin for a different flavor profile.
  • Lemon juice can be used as a substitute for orange juice if desired.
  • If you don't have sweet vermouth, you can use a mix of red wine and sugar.

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Citrus Burst Bronx

  • Ingredients: 2oz Gin, 0.75oz Dry Vermouth, 0.75oz Sweet Vermouth, 1.5oz Blood Orange Juice, Splash of Lime Juice
  • Recipe: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with a blood orange twist.
  • Description: The added lime and substitution of blood orange juice provide an extra citrus kick that takes the Bronx to a tangier dimension, perfect for those who like their drinks with a sharper edge.

Autumn in New York Bronx

  • Ingredients: 2oz Gin infused with cinnamon, 1oz Dry Vermouth, 1oz Sweet Vermouth, 1oz Apple Cider, Apple Slice for garnish
  • Recipe: Infuse the gin with cinnamon sticks for a few days, then shake with vermouths and apple cider over ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with an apple slice.
  • Description: Swapping the orange juice for apple cider and adding cinnamon-infused gin gives the cocktail an autumnal twist, evoking the cozy warmth of fall in New York.

Botanical Gardens Bronx

  • Ingredients: 2oz Herbal Gin, 1oz Dry Vermouth, 1oz Lillet Blanc, 1oz Fresh Orange Juice, Sprig of Thyme or Rosemary for garnish
  • Recipe: Use a gin with stronger herbal notes and swap sweet vermouth for Lillet Blanc. Shake ingredients with ice and strain. Garnish with a fresh herb sprig.
  • Description: This version takes the herbaceous profile up a notch, with Lillet Blanc adding a different dimension of botanicals, complemented with a fragrant herb garnish. It's like a stroll through a botanical garden, in a glass.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bronx

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bronx

What is the origin of the name 'Bronx' for this cocktail?

While there may be numerous theories, one of the most accepted one is that the cocktail was named after the Bronx burrow in New York where it was created. Additionally, it is believed that the cocktail was named Bronx because it was invented in Waldorf Astoria hotel, which was formerly located in the 'Bronx' neighborhood.

What other cocktails are named after New York City's boroughs?

Apart from Bronx, there are other cocktails such as Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island Ferry, which are named after New York City's boroughs.

What gives the Bronx cocktail its orange color?

The orange color of the Bronx cocktail comes from the orange juice that is one of the key ingredients of the cocktail.

Is there a specific type of gin that works best in a Bronx cocktail?

While any type of gin can be used in the Bronx cocktail, dry gin is usually recommended to balance the sweetness of the vermouth and orange juice.

Are there any specific occasions for serving the Bronx cocktail?

The Bronx cocktail, due to its refreshing and easy-to-drink character, is often served as a brunch drink or an aperitif before meals.

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