Shaking in the States: Thanksgiving Cocktails

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Shake up a Trio of Thanksgiving Tipples!

As November 23rd marks Thanksgiving, we take a trip to the states uncovering the tipples named after boroughs of New York City.

If you trace the history of your favourite cocktail, its origins will most likely be rooted in America.

It is widely believed the man responsible for starting the craft cocktail craze was bartender Jerry P Thomas who published the first ever cocktail book in 1862.

‘How To Mix Drinks or the Bon Vivant’s Companion’ lay down the very first principles for formulating mixed drinks using syrups, garnishes and techniques, creating a bartender’s bible which is recognised to this day as the most famous cocktail book in the world.

As November 23rd marks Thanksgiving, we're sharing the top tipples from the states, named after boroughs of New York City.


The Manhattan is one of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s ‘The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks’. However, there are two contested stories to its creation.

The first is that it was created in New York City’s Manhattan Club in 1870s by Dr Ian Marshall. It is said he was mixing drinks at Jennie Jerome’s (the wife of Randolph Churchill) party which was hosted in honour of Presidential candidate Samuel J Tilden and created the Manhattan, yet this is widely debated as dates show she was believed to be in Europe and pregnant at the time.

The second story is derived from a story written by bartender William F Mulhall who worked at Hoffman House in Manhattan. It is said to have been invented by a man named ‘Black’ at a bar on Broadway near Houston Street.

  • 50ml Rye Whisky
  • 25ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Drops Angostura Bitters

Method: Pour ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes and stir gently. Strain into a glass and garnish with cherry.


Alike many pre-prohibition cocktails, the origin of the Bronx has a contested history, but the most widely accepted is that of the Big Brass Rail bar inside New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1901.

The cocktail is believed to have been created by house barman John ‘Curley’ O'Connor as the result of a dare, after a customer challenged him to create a new cocktail on the spot.

Shaking up an alternative to the Duplex - a martini with orange bitters - Solon swapped the bitters for orange juice and reduced the vermouth ratios to create the Bronx.

  • 25ml Gin
  • 25ml Vermouth
  • 75ml Orange Juice
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup

Method: Fill shaker with ice and add all ingredients then shake until well chilled. Using a fine strainer and pour cocktail into a Martini glass. Garnish with cherry and orange slice.


First mentioned in print in 1908 in J.A. Grohusko’s Jack’s Manual, the Brooklyn’s creation was inspired by its neighbouring boroughs with the Manhattan and Bronx.

Jacob ‘Jack’ Grohusko lived in New Jersey and was the head bartender at Baracca’s Restaurant in Wall Street, lower Manhattan, a bar owned by a Brooklynite.

Originally creating the cocktail using Italian sweet vermouth, the recipe has since evolved over time and now features a combination of whiskey, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur and bitters.

  • 45ml Rye Whiskey
  • 45ml Dry Vermouth
  • 10ml Cherry Liqueur
  • 10ml Orange Liqueur

Method: Stir all ingredients with ice and add to a chilled glass.

Join our Cocktail Club in November to sip on two stateside cocktails - The Bronx & The Boston!

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