So. Here we are. Seven posts and a little over a month in and no drinks. Isn’t that part of the title? And no bevs? Where are the bevs? Well don’t you worry your pretty little face, I got your bev right here.
First, let’s talk about the word “bev.” Bev is my long-time term of endearment for an alcoholic beverage (beverage being the operative word here). Used properly in a sentence: “It’s 6:30 on a Friday night. It’s time for a bev,” or “Let’s go for a happy hour bev.”
It’s five o’clock somewhere, and I need a bev. Don’t you?
Now let’s talk about this fine tipple, the Bronx. It’s a classic gin-based drink that originates in the early part of the 20th century. It’s basically a perfect martini with added orange juice. What do I mean by perfect? Do I mean it’s perfectly awesome? No. “Perfect,” in cocktail world, means the drink contains equal parts of both dry and sweet vermouth.
I was first introduced to the Bronx at a local fancy-pants restaurant with a great cocktail list. However, it wasn’t called a Bronx; they called it something more suitable to their brand’s personality, so it took me awhile to figure out what it actually was. Lo and behold, one magical day I stumbled upon this drink and was so excited to finally know there was an official recipe that could take me to this happy place. There’s a similar drink called the Minnehaha; it’s mostly the same ingredients but with a different proportions. Since the Bronx is the more classic, standard drink on the docket, we’re going that route.
I should note: a typical Bronx does not call for bitters, but I often like to add bitters to my drinks to deepen the flavors. But more about that on another day. Grab your cocktail shaker and let’s mix this drink!
::: BRONX COCKTAIL :::
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce fresh orange juice
4-5 dashes Peychaud’s bitters (optional)
1. Grab a rocks glass and a cocktail shaker. Fill both with ice.
2. Pour the gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, and orange juice into the cocktail shaker. Shake for 20 seconds.
3. Strain into rocks glass. Add the dashes of bitters.
4. Sip. Smile. Enjoy.