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31Jul 12

The Bronx cocktail, a daring drink from the Big Apple

The Bronx CocktailThroughout history, the names of many drinks have been associated to places. This is due to the fact that some cocktails are named after the town they are first concocted in. On other occasions, the mix earns its name after the region where the main ingredient in it is grown or distilled. The drink I want to tell you about today has a powerful name, and is one of the 5 cocktails named after one of
New York City´s five boroughs: The Bronx Cocktail.

The Bronx cocktail is basically a perfect martini with orange juice added. In 1934, it was ranked third in “The World´s 10 most famous cocktails”, which made it a very popular rival to both the Martini and the Manhattan. And although it does not have the glamour of any of the latter, it is certainly a drink with a great story behind it.

According to the official historian of the Waldorf- Astoria Hotel, the inventor of the cocktail was Johnnie Solon, a pre-Prohibition bartender at the hotel in the late 1890s. One evening, the head waiter of the Empire Room, the main dining room in the original Waldorf, dared Solon to concoct a new drink. He claimed even the regulars thought he couldn´t come up with something new. So Solon got down to business.

He prepared the cocktail, and in his own words: “I didn´t taste it myself, but I poured it into a cocktail glass and handed it to the head waiter, because he was actually a pretty good judge.” The waiter tasted it, and then chugged it all. He loved it, and asked Solon to mix another to pass around. The cocktail became an instant classic.

After-dinner drinks can be taken with dessert as well. I recommend this dark chocolate and orange mousse dessert to pair with the Bronx. As they both have a sweet orange taste, I think the flavour would be fantastic!

The Bronx cocktail, a daring drink from the Big Apple
Recipe type: Cocktail
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Serves: 1
The Bronx cocktail is basically a Perfect martini with orange juice added
  • 3cl Gin
  • 1,5cl Sweet Red Vermouth
  • 1cl Dry Vermouth
  • 1,5cl Orange Juice
  1. Pour all ingredients into the cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Pour it all into a chilled glass.


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10Apr 12


SangriaMost people know that the wonderful climate in Spain is an essential element in the creation of some stunning Spanish wines, as well as other beverages.

When I was about 19 years old, I travelled to Spain with a couple of friends, and at that age, we just wanted to enjoy the Spanish “fiesta” during its best season: summer. We travelled through various cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga, Valencia and Granada, and all of them had one absolutely refreshing drink in common: Sangria. Although mostly associated with summer, it can be found throughout the year, especially in the warmer Southern parts of Spain. (For another dark  fruit drink, try this dragon-blood punch.)

Sangría comes from the Spanish word ‘sangre`, which means blood. The drink’s colour is dark red, thus the name. The strength and taste can vary depending on the spirit and quantity used.

Sangria is a kind of red wine punch that is thought to have been created during the 15th century in Spain and then spread to Portugal. However some people believe that it was actually invented in the Antilles in the Caribbean, which at the time was a British Colony. Although it is true that the drink is quite common in that part of the world, it is most likely that sangria came from Spain.

The beauty of the basic Sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is flexible. I like to vary the fruits I use, or even garnish it with strawberries, which are not in the actual recipe. This drink only gets better as you add your favourite fruits and spices!


  • 1 litre of red wine
  • 3 peaches
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 oranges
  • ½ glass of lemon juice
  • 50g of sugar
  • 1 glass of fresh orange juice
  • 1 spiral of lemon peel


How it’s made:

1. Peel the peaches, slice in half and then remove the core. Cut into fine slices.

2. Peel the oranges and slice thinly. Do the same with the lemon.

3. Place the fruit slices in a container with the sugar and brandy. Allow this mixture to marinate for up to 3 hours.

4. Put the mixture into a large pitcher. Then add the red wine, orange and lemon juice.

5. Add the lemon peel spiral to the pitcher and leave cooling in the refrigerator.

6.  Serve the drink very cold with ice.

Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 pitcher of sangria

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