This is the old time classic Bronx cocktail, delicious and classy!
When I gaze at this delicious Bronx beverage, especially in that beautiful glass, I’m transported back in time to the early 20th century.
This cocktail was ranked the world’s third most popular cocktail in 1934, according to my Internet search. Number 1 was the martini and number 2 was the Manhattan, which is not surprising because both of those cocktails are keepers. And the Bronx? I could get used to putting that cocktail into my drink rotation, sure.
I sometimes think the drinks of those days were ‘real’ cocktails. When we started getting into drinks like the almond joy – although believe me, I do love these sweet and delicious cocktails – it felt like we were entering a more frivolous age and leaving behind the classiness of the Bronx and the martini, not to mention the Manhattan. Am I just being nostalgic? I think not.
Let me digress a minute to talk about these cocktail glasses. I bought them recently from Amazon. Here’s a link. (This is an affiliate link, so see my disclaimer in the sidebar.)
They are so elegant, so beautifully proportioned. I guess the maker of these classy glassyes (hehe) intentionally designed them after the cocktail glasses in the Nick and Nora movie. I love them for martinis because of the shape of the bowl. It keeps the martini colder than the classic martini glass, which is a good thing, that’s for sure!
The documentation they sent me with these glasses mentions that the Nick and Nora movie marked the first time Hollywood showed a woman with a hangover. Interesting tidbit, don’t you think?
Okay, enough with the chitter chatter, let’s get to the recipe.
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How to make a classic bronx cocktail
I grab some gin, orange juice, sweet vermouth and dry vermouth.
I get my cocktail shaker and fill it half way with ice.
I measure out 2 ounces of gin. I use Bombay Sapphire for this lovely cocktail.
Into the cocktail shaker it goes.
I measure ½ ounce of dry vermouth.
I pour it directly into the shaker to join the gin.
The sweet stuff
I pour out ½ ounce of sweet vermouth.
We are so close! I pour it into the shaker.
Next, I measure out 1 ounce of orange juice. I love you, Odawalla!
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I pour the OJ into the shaker, cap it and shake it at least 10 times.
I grab that beautiful glass and strain the liquid into it. And just for fun, I grab another cute little glass I’m rather fond of and pour the remainder of the shaker’s content into it.
I take the orange peel I sliced earlier, twist it and place it lovingly on the lip of the glass.
Vertical view anyone?
Look at the shape of that glass. Beautiful!
And of course, the aerial view.
Pure sunshine! All that is left is to pick up the glass and sip it.
I smack my lips.
Christopher sips it as well and really enjoys it. We smile at each other.
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Old Time Classic Bronx Cocktail
- 2 ounces gin
- ½ ounce dry vermouth
- ½ ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce orange juice
Orange rind - twisted
- Fill a cocktail shaker ½ way full with ice
- Add gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth and orange juice
- Cap shaker and shake at least 10 times
- Strain liquid in martini glass, or the Nick and Nora glass
- Twist the orange rind and place on the side of the glass
- Feel cool