If ever a cocktail needed a re-naming, it's the Bronx Cocktail. This cocktail in no way reminds me of the Bronx, tastes like the Bronx, or really has any historical association with the Bronx. A reading from the Good Book, also known as The Essential Cocktail by Dale De Groff, tells us that the Bronx is reputed to have been invented by Johnny Solon of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Yeah, it needs a new name. I propose, "The Rough Night".
The Bronx Cocktail
1.5 oz gin
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
1/2 oz dry vermouth
dash of bitters (optional, but of course, I added it)
1 oz of orange juice
Shake and strain
It's not an impressive, orgasm-inducing drink. Let's get that right out there. It's "we just kissed, but nothing else really happened" nice. That's not to diminish the drink's flavor, which is nice, but getting a kiss when you're jones-ing for a romp in the sack can leave a man feeling blue.
The orange juice is sort of lost in the mix, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. One of my favorite cocktails is the Blood and Sand, and the OJ is completely lost in that drink, as it serves more of a texture function rather than a flavor function. Here, it's still there, but it is not the star of the show. Nor is the gin. Nor is the vermouth. In fact, this is more of an ensemble cast, with nobody taking the Oscar. This is the Mars Attacks of cocktails, but unlike the movie, this drink leaves a funky taste in your mouth when finished (say something negative about MA, and I'll fight you).
Honestly, if I could best classify this drink, I'd say it's a ballsy mimosa. It's a mimosa with a bigger kick (please excuse my mixing of the adjectives "ballsy" and "kick"). In fact, it might be a great hangover drink! I mean, what other reason would you put OJ in there for?
That being said, I could drink three of these with no problem-- and stave off scurvy too!
When to drink: It's 10am and you've been awake since 11am.
Where: Sidewalk seating, sunglasses on, JBF hair on full display.