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Not as famous as its “other borough” cousin, the Manhattan, the Bronx is a fruitier, lighter alternative to the rough-and-tumbler whiskey-based cocktail. However one sip and you may find yourself visiting the Bronx a little more often!

Two kinds of vermouth are used in this classic cocktail, sweet (red) vermouth and dry (French) vermouth, along with some orange juice, to back up the gin. You can swap out a little lemon juice for some of the orange juice is you want to give it a little more tang.

I served mine recently with gougères, classic French cheese puffs. They go with any and all drinks, French or otherwise.

Bronx Cocktail

Using a little lemon juice helps gives the cocktail a little more tang. You can use orange juice or a combination of orange and lemon juice.
Servings 1 cocktail
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice, or 3/4 ounce orange juice and 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • dash orange bitters
  • Add the gin, sweet and dry vermouth, orange juice (or orange and lemon juice), and orange bitters, to a cocktail shaker. Fill the shakers two-thirds full with ice, cover and shake vigorously until well-chilled, about 15 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.


    • Jan

    What do you think if I was to add less gin? Would it ruin the taste? I like to taste the alcohol in my drinks but am finding I’m pretty much of a light weight. I want to make this tonight because I’m zooming with my brother and sister-in-law who live in the Bronx.

      • David
      David Lebovitz

      Some recipes do use less, 1 1/2 ounces, so you could that amount. (If you really want to lower it you could go to 1 ounce, but you might not taste it enough.)

    • Juanita

    Thank you for reminding me about gougeres. I need to get some good cheese and make some.

    • Chris

    Hello David! I would also like to make the Gougères! First of all..has your recipe changed at all since 2009 and how do you pronounce Gougeres?
    Thanks again for you delightful writing and recipes! :)

    • Joyce Agress

    Ooooh, I have Gougeres in the freezer. Tonight is paella and sangria, but tomorrow night, we will try this.

    • Sue

    If it weren’t almost midnight here in DC, I’d make them now, thanks for making them look so delicious! I can’t see your recent talks on IGTV, will you be posting any more of them? Love your positive energy

      • David
      David Lebovitz

      They are still on daily (except Sunday.) I’m not sure why you can’t see them but they are also archived on my IGTV channel. Info on how to do that, including links, are here. (If you are having trouble with IG you can check their Help section. Sometimes reinstalling the app helps, but make sure you have anything important backed up including photos in your Drafts folder.)

    • Joan

    …or Meyer Lemon juice ;-)

    • Eliza

    I love these coupe glasses! Did you find them in Paris or is this something I could get in the US?


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