4,5 cl of rye whiskey
4,5 cl of sweet vermouth
0,5 cl of Picon Amer bitters
0,5 cl of Maraschino liqueur
1 Maraschino cherry
1 lemon peel
The Brooklyn cocktail is a classic drink from the 1900s, one of the legendary five cocktails named after New York neighborhoods. The recipe has undergone various interpretations, but the original one by Jacob Grohusko is a flavor bomb and includes a good dose of rye whiskey and sweet vermouth present in equal parts (50 and 50), the bitter Picon Amer and a drop of Maraschino.
In practice, it is a twist of the Manhattan. Still, in reality, the flavor, even sharing the same setting, is very different because the proportions between rye whiskey and sweet vermouth are at 50 and 50. At the same time, there are 5 cl of Whiskey and 2 cl of vermouth in Manhattan. The aromatic, spicy and rightly bitter charge of the Picon bitter was balanced with more severe tones. Anyway, the Brooklyn is a very velvety cocktail.
There are many Brooklyn twists, but the reason is straightforward: vary the proportions of such potent ingredients and you can completely change the face of this aperitif. And one of the most successful variations of the Brooklyn cocktail is the one made with dry vermouth instead of sweet.
Of course, in this way, the cocktail is drier and tighter, but you need to double the doses of Maraschino and Picon bitter to find a nice balance. The recipe that Harry Craddock proposes in the Savoy cocktail book is also based on French vermouth (1/3) and Canadian Whiskey (2/3). But pay attention, when the old Harry says “French Vermouth,” he means dry vermouth, while on the Canadian, it is better to leave it out and use rye.
History of the Brooklyn cocktail
The official inventor of this elegant cocktail is Jacob Grohusko, a New York bartender inspired by a legendary drink like Manhattan.
The cocktail is considered a classic aperitif drink, but be careful, the rye hits hard on the palate and even the alcohol content is no joke!
Ingredients and doses of the Brooklyn cocktail
- 4.5 cl of rye whiskey
- 4.5 of sweet vermouth
- 0.5 cl of Picon Amer bitters
- 0.5 cl of Maraschino
- maraschino cherry or lemon peel
How to make the Brooklyn cocktail
It should always be done in the mixing glass. As a good rule of life, vermouth, a wine, should never be mortified in the shaker, especially when it comes to such complex drinks. It’s not a Vesper…
Anyway, chill a martini glass or an old-fashioned glass with ice to start.
Put some ice in the mixing glass, add the rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Amer Picon bitter, and Maraschino, and mix gently.
Empty the cup, pour the drink, straining with the strainer, and decorate with an orange peel or maraschino cherry.
If you want to make a more sharp Brooklyn, use 4.5 cl of dry vermouth, 1 cl of Maraschino and 1 cl of Amer Picon bitter. The cocktail version on the rocks is tolerated, but only if the heat is prohibitive or for poolside summer parties.