There is something wonderful about sipping a classic cocktail. Even though the cocktail hour seems to have been dropped from most routines, I love the notion of setting aside time to bask in a moment of celebration. And what better a time than the Oscars. Whether you’re hosting or attending a glamorous viewing party, or simply watching at home alone, there is no better way to toast the night’s winners.

One of my favorite cocktails is the Bronx Cocktail. Essentially it is a perfect martini with orange juice. In 1934 it was ranked number three in the world’s 10 most famous cocktails, making it a popular rival to the Martini, ranked number one, and the Manhattan, ranked number two.

Like the Manhattan, the Bronx is one of five cocktails named for each of New York City’s five boroughs. The Bronx is closely related to the Queens cocktail, which substitutes pineapple juice for orange juice.

In the 1934 film The Thin Man, sleuth Nick Charles says that a Bronx must always be shaken to two-step time.

Photo Matthew Mead



Bronx Cocktail

  • Author: Ronda Carman
  • Yield: 1 1x


It’s not as famous as a Manhattan, but equally tasty.



2 oz gin
1⁄4 oz dry vermouth
1⁄4 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz fresh orange juice
1 dash Orange bitters (optional)


Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.

Shake (to the rhythm of a two-step, according to the Thin Man) and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  • Category: cocktail

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