Bronx Cocktail Drink

Bronx

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Bronx Cocktail recipe is perfect if you want a unique cocktail! It’s not just delicious, but also easy to make with its flavorful ingredients.

Bronx Cocktail Recipe

Enjoy spring with this easy Bronx cocktail recipe! You'll love this refreshing drink's mix of Gin, sweet and dry vermouth, and fresh orange juice.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

186 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Gin
  • ¾ oz sweet Vermouth
  • ¾ oz dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 dash Angostura orange bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Martini Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep glass: Fill your martini glass with ice cubes to chill it.
  • Add orange bitters: Drop 1 dash Angostura orange bitters into your shaker.
  • Add orange juice: Measure and pour into the shaker 1 oz fresh orange juice.
  • Pour dry and sweet vermouth: Add ¾ oz dry Vermouth and ¾ oz sweet Vermouth to the mixture.
  • Add gin: Finish pouring 1½ oz Gin.
  • Shake: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and shake for about 15 seconds.
  • Strain: Fine strain your cocktail in your chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with an orange zest.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: Vodka can be a good substitute if you don't have Gin. It will give the cocktail a smoother taste without the botanical notes of Gin.
  • Sweet Vermouth: You can use fortified wine as a substitute for sweet vermouth if needed. It will change the flavor but will still deliver a nice concoction.  has a similar flavor profile but is slightly more bitter.
  • Dry Vermouth: White vermouth can be used in place of dry vermouth. It's less dry but still provides a nice balance to the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Orange Juice: If fresh oranges aren't available, you can use store-bought orange juice. Just make sure it's 100% juice with no added sugars.
  • Orange bitters: you can either omit the orange bitters or experiment with other citrus bitters. 

Making a Pitcher of Bronx Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Gin, 6 oz of sweet vermouth, 6 oz of dry vermouth, 8 dashes of orange bitters, and 8 oz of orange juice.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients with ice in a large pitcher and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual chilled martini glasses, garnish with an orange twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute. Several brands are available that mimic Gin's flavor without the alcohol.
  • Vermouth Substitute: You can use non-alcoholic white grape juice for both sweet and dry vermouth. It won't have the same complexity as vermouth but will provide a similar sweetness.
  • Orange bitters substitute: Try with orange essence, it will give to the drink a bright and zesty aroma. 
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. Just use fresh orange juice or store-bought juice that contains no added sugars or honey.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
186
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Potassium
 
98
mg
3
%
Protein
 
0.4
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
57
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
14
mg
17
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Bronx Cocktail Drink

Bronx Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Enjoy spring with this easy Bronx cocktail recipe! You'll love this refreshing drink's mix of Gin, sweet and dry vermouth, and fresh orange juice.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 186

Ingredients
 

  • oz Gin
  • ¾ oz sweet Vermouth
  • ¾ oz dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 dash Angostura orange bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Martini Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep glass: Fill your martini glass with ice cubes to chill it.
  • Add orange bitters: Drop 1 dash Angostura orange bitters into your shaker.
  • Add orange juice: Measure and pour into the shaker 1 oz fresh orange juice.
  • Pour dry and sweet vermouth: Add ¾ oz dry Vermouth and ¾ oz sweet Vermouth to the mixture.
  • Add gin: Finish pouring 1½ oz Gin.
  • Shake: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and shake for about 15 seconds.
  • Strain: Fine strain your cocktail in your chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with an orange zest.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: Vodka can be a good substitute if you don't have Gin. It will give the cocktail a smoother taste without the botanical notes of Gin.
  • Sweet Vermouth: You can use fortified wine as a substitute for sweet vermouth if needed. It will change the flavor but will still deliver a nice concoction.  has a similar flavor profile but is slightly more bitter.
  • Dry Vermouth: White vermouth can be used in place of dry vermouth. It's less dry but still provides a nice balance to the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Orange Juice: If fresh oranges aren't available, you can use store-bought orange juice. Just make sure it's 100% juice with no added sugars.
  • Orange bitters: you can either omit the orange bitters or experiment with other citrus bitters. 

Making a Pitcher of Bronx Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Gin, 6 oz of sweet vermouth, 6 oz of dry vermouth, 8 dashes of orange bitters, and 8 oz of orange juice.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients with ice in a large pitcher and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual chilled martini glasses, garnish with an orange twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute. Several brands are available that mimic Gin's flavor without the alcohol.
  • Vermouth Substitute: You can use non-alcoholic white grape juice for both sweet and dry vermouth. It won't have the same complexity as vermouth but will provide a similar sweetness.
  • Orange bitters substitute: Try with orange essence, it will give to the drink a bright and zesty aroma. 
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. Just use fresh orange juice or store-bought juice that contains no added sugars or honey.

What is a Bronx Cocktail?

A Bronx Cocktail is a gin-based classic cocktail made of Gin, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, and orange juice. It’s not particularly difficult to make as it only requires the ability to measure ingredients accurately and the skill to shake them together in a cocktail shaker. The Bronx Cocktail is a variant of the Martini with added orange juice.

A side shot of a Bronx cocktail in a martini glass on a wooden coaster placed on a wooden tray surrounded by a green cloth, a jigger, a bar spoon and a yellow bowl with orange wedge, in front of a black background and a plant.

What is a Bronx Cocktail made of – The ingredients

These are the ingredients you need to create a Bronx Cocktail:

  • Gin: This is the base spirit of the Bronx Cocktail, providing a strong, crisp foundation.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Adds sweetness and complexity to balance the Gin’s sharpness.
  • Dry Vermouth: Contributes a slightly bitter, herbal note to the cocktail, enhancing its depth of flavor.
  • Orange Juice: Gives the cocktail a refreshing citrus twist, brightening the overall taste.
  • Orange Bitters: Enhances the orange flavor and adds a subtle spiciness to the mix.

Gin, sweet Vermouth, dry Vermouth, orange juice and Angostura orange bitters laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Bronx Cocktail?

Our guide provides an easy way for you to learn how to mix a Bronx Cocktail:

1
<p>Start by chilling your cocktail glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and letting it sit while you prepare the cocktail.</p>

Start by chilling your cocktail glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and letting it sit while you prepare the cocktail.

2
<p>In a cocktail shaker, add one dash of orange bitters. The orange bitters enhance the overall citrus flavor.</p>

In a cocktail shaker, add one dash of orange bitters. The orange bitters enhance the overall citrus flavor.

3
<p>Squeeze in the juice of 1 orange, which should be about 1 ounce. The orange juice gives the Bronx cocktail its distinctive citrusy flavor and vibrant color.</p>

Squeeze in the juice of 1 orange, which should be about 1 ounce. The orange juice gives the Bronx cocktail its distinctive citrusy flavor and vibrant color.

4
<p>Add 1/4 ounce of sweet vermouth to the mixing glass. Sweet vermouth will add a touch of sweetness and complexity to the cocktail.</p>

Add 1/4 ounce of sweet vermouth to the mixing glass. Sweet vermouth will add a touch of sweetness and complexity to the cocktail.

5
<p>Follow this with 1/4 ounce of dry vermouth. The dry vermouth balances out the sweetness of the sweet vermouth, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.</p>

Follow this with 1/4 ounce of dry vermouth. The dry vermouth balances out the sweetness of the sweet vermouth, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

6
<p>Measure and pour 1 1/2 ounces of Gin. The Gin serves as the base spirit for the Bronx cocktail, providing a strong, crisp flavor.</p>

Measure and pour 1 1/2 ounces of Gin. The Gin serves as the base spirit for the Bronx cocktail, providing a strong, crisp flavor.

7
<p>Fill your shaker with ice cubes </p>

Fill your shaker with ice cubes

8
<p>Now, it's time to mix your cocktail. Shake until the mixture is well-mixed and chilled.</p>

Now, it's time to mix your cocktail. Shake until the mixture is well-mixed and chilled.

9
<p>Once your cocktail is thoroughly mixed, discard the ice from your chilled cocktail glass. Then, fine strain the cocktail into your chilled glass. Straining removes unwanted ice or pulp from the cocktail, ensuring a smooth, enjoyable drinking experience.</p>

Once your cocktail is thoroughly mixed, discard the ice from your chilled cocktail glass. Then, fine strain the cocktail into your chilled glass. Straining removes unwanted ice or pulp from the cocktail, ensuring a smooth, enjoyable drinking experience.

10
<p>For the final touch, garnish your Bronx cocktail with an orange twist. This adds an extra burst of citrus flavor and makes the cocktail visually appealing.</p>

For the final touch, garnish your Bronx cocktail with an orange twist. This adds an extra burst of citrus flavor and makes the cocktail visually appealing.

History and Origin of the Bronx Cocktail

The recipe that we know today as the Bronx found its way into a cocktail book in 1908, thanks to William “Cocktail” Boothby, and the most accepted theory is that Johnny Solon, a bartender from Astoria-Waldorf Hotel in New York, invented the recipe.

A Bronx cocktail, shot from above, in a martini glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin, sweet Vermouth, dry Vermouth, orange juice and Angostura orange bitters

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FAQ

How many calories does a Bronx Cocktail contain?
A standard Bronx Cocktail contains approximately 160 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brands of alcohol used and the size of the pour.
How strong is a Bronx Cocktail?
The strength of a Bronx Cocktail depends on the alcohol content of the Gin used. Typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 20% and a proof of 40. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Bronx Cocktail?
The primary alcohol in a Bronx Cocktail is Gin. Additionally, it also contains vermouth - both sweet and dry types.
In what type of glass is a Bronx Cocktail served?
Traditionally, a Bronx Cocktail is served in a martini or coupe glass.
What does a Bronx Cocktail taste like?
A Bronx Cocktail offers a harmonious blend of flavors. The Gin provides a botanical base, while the sweet and dry vermouths add complexity with their herbal notes. The addition of orange juice gives it a refreshing citrus twist.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Bronx Cocktail?
The typical ratio for a Bronx Cocktail is 2 parts gin, 1 part sweet vermouth, 1 part dry vermouth, a splash of orange juice, and a dash of orange bitters.
How is a Bronx Cocktail served with ice?
A Bronx Cocktail is usually shaken with ice to chill, dilute it slightly, then strained into your glass. It's typically served "up," meaning without ice in the glass.
Why is it called a Bronx Cocktail?
The cocktail was named after the Bronx Zoo. According to the story, Solon had recently visited the zoo and named his new creation "Bronx" in honor of the experience.

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