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Bronx Cocktail

Bronx Cocktail 1.000

Dayna Smith for The Washington Post

Jan 21, 2009

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.


Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • Ice
  • 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

Directions

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.


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Recipe Source

From Philip Greene at the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans.

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 156


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 1mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 3g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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