President William H. Taft caused quite a controversy on a visit to St. Louis in 1911 when his party ordered Bronx Cocktails at breakfast. According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, the drink was the Cosmopolitan of its day, loved by the masses and abhorred by the cognoscenti.
What was unique at turn of the 20th century was the radical addition of orange juice, which until then had not been used as a mixer. The result: basically, a perfect martini with an ounce of OJ.
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/4 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1/4 ounce dry vermouth
- Dash orange bitters
- Twist of orange peel, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add the gin, orange juice, sweet and dry vermouths and the bitters. Shake well, then strain into a cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with the twist of orange peel.
From Philip Greene at the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans.
Tested by Michael Taylor.
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