Meet the Bronx

It’s been a few weeks since we wrote about a cocktail for the last time. Meanwhile, we have shared with you a few places where you can enjoy a perfectly made one, but today we are back on track with a drink we love: The Bronx.

This pre-Prohibition cocktail was created in New York, and it is widely accepted that it was first served in the Big Brass Rail bar at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, in the early 20th century. One theory claims that it was John “Curley” O’Connor, as we already mentioned in our article about the Rob Roy cocktail when we discussed about who invented it. As the legend goes, O’Connor created this drink when he was challenged to prepare a new beverage on the spot. Nevertheless, this story is not free of controversy, and there is a different version about who created and first served a Bronx.

Another theory tells that it was not O’Connor, but a barman called Johnnie Solon who created the drink when a customer challenged him to create a new drink. This story claims that Solon took the already existing Duplex cocktail, swapped the bitters for fresh orange juice, and changed the vermouth ratios in the recipe.


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As we can see, both stories have some points in common, but disagree on the barman who supposedly created the Bronx. What is undeniable is that the drink raised its popularity enormously during the following years, especially during Prohibition when fruit juices were used for masking the flavor of bootleg spirits. Unfortunately, during the post-Prohibition period it lost its position as a cocktail of choice, probably due to the increase in popularity vodka experienced.


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For its preparation, we will follow Paco Bretau’s guidelines (Head Bartender at Slow, Barcelona).


  • 50 ml London Dry Gin
  • 10 ml Dry Vermouth
  • 20 ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 20 ml fresh Orange Juice

Add the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until the ingredients are mixed and the mix is cold. Strain into a chilled Martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Are you ready to prepare your first Bronx? If so, don’t forget to keep in mind these three facts about this cocktail, and surprise your guests not only with a nice drink but also with the story behind.

  • The Bronx is one of the first cocktails calling for fruit juice as an ingredient.
  • It was created at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York in the early 20th
  • It is a pre-Prohibition cocktail, with vermouth as one of its ingredients.

The Bronx is perfect as a luncheon cocktail, and fits perfectly in a brunch. So you can move from the well-known Mimosas or Bellinis and give this cocktail a try. We are pretty sure you will be surprised by how incredibly it tastes.


My name is Jorge Ferrer, I am a spirits and cocktails lover and a vermouth enthusiast. I earned my MsC in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ESADE Business School and at the moment I hold a Junior Brand Manager position in Brown-Forman. I am planning to market my own vermouth, feel free to reach out or connect with me at or @jorge_chinaski 


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