Whiskey With Wes: The Brooklyn [VIDEO]

By Wes Shonk / March 4, 2016

There is something so alluring about old forgotten cocktails. Especially the ones with hard to get ingredients. The first printed documentation of the Brooklyn was in 1908. J.A. Grohusko’s Jack’s Manual mentions it and after that there is no evidence of its existence for fifty years or so.

Recently however, it has become a favorite of the cocktail community. In addition to the drive for innovation, cocktail enthusiasts seem to possess a deep love for authenticity and the discovery of how things were done when they were first being done. In this case, people are looking to rediscover the Brooklyn cocktail and the original flavors of Amer Picon.

Whiskey with Wes The Brooklyn

Amer Picon is a bittersweet French liqueur that belongs to the same family as Italian Amari, which translates literally to “bitter.” It starts the cocktail with a bitter orange flavor which is then balanced by the sweetness of maraschino liqueur and complimented by the dry vermouth. Rye whiskey strengthens the backbone and hey, presto–we have our Brooklyn!

The Brooklyn

  • In a mixing glass, combine the following ingredients:
    • ¾ oz dry vermouth
    • 1 tsp maraschino liqueur
    • ½ oz Amer Picon or a reasonable substitute
    • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled
  • Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with orange zest and two cherries
  • Drink up and enjoy!

Recipe For DIY Amer Picon


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