The Bronx is essentially a martini with a twist, but has become a cocktail on its own. It rose to prominence in the 1930s. The Bronx is one of five boroughs of New York City, and there is a cocktail for each borough. The Bronx may be the second-most popular cocktail out of these five drinks (after the Manhattan), and was actually ranked the third-most popular cocktail in “The World’s 10 Most Famous Cocktails In 1934”, behind only the Martini and the Manhattan.
Just as with many cocktails, its origin is debated, and it is often thought to have either been invented in The Bronx, or Philadelphia. The Philadelphia origin story still credits a Joseph Sormani for truly bringing the Bronx out of obscurity. He was a restauranteur from the Bronx and was officially credited for creating the drink in his obituary. The alternate origin story credits a Johnnie Solon, of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
- 2 ounces of gin
- ¼ ounce of dry vermouth
- ¼ ounce of sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce of orange juice
- Pour the gin and vermouth over the ice in the cocktail shaker, then add the orange juice to give the Bronx its signature flavor. Shake well.
- Strain into a cocktail glass.
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass
One interesting fact about the Bronx that may not be the most positive association is that it is one of the first drinks that William Wilson remembers drinking. William Wilson is more well-known as “Bill Wilson”, or “Bill W”, who went on to become an alcohol, and ultimately help found the international aid fellowship known as Alcoholics Anonymous, which strives to help alcoholics around the world live sober lives and recover from their addictions.
Mr. Wilson remembers being given a Bronx cocktail by a “socialite” at a party that occurred right after World War 1, shortly before his descent into alcoholism that led to the founding of the organization. Regardless, the cocktail still remains a staple, and is essentially a flavorful martini. Add freshly squeezed orange juice to ensure the best possible flavor. Raise one in the air and toast your Bronx cocktail to the memory of Joseph Sormani, the Bronx native who either invented or popularized the cocktail drink that his borough became associated with. Enjoy a Bronx cocktail today!