Bensonhurst Cocktail

Bensonhurst Cocktail
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The Bensonhurst cocktail is a clever riff on the classic Brooklyn, which includes rye whiskey, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Cynar.

To fully appreciate Bensonhurst cocktail, one must first delve into the roots of its inspiration—the classic Brooklyn cocktail. This classic drink, itself a variation of the Manhattan, typically features rye whiskey, dry vermouth, Maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon. The Brooklyn cocktail has been a staple in the bartender’s repertoire for decades, embodying the timeless elegance and sophistication associated with traditional cocktails.

In the vibrant mixology scene of the early 2000s, where experimentation and creativity were highly valued, bartender Chad Solomon set out to put his own spin on the classic Brooklyn cocktail. At the time, Solomon was honing his craft at the renowned Milk & Honey in Manhattan, a bar known for its dedication to classic cocktail craftsmanship. In 2006, the Bensonhurst was born, a testament to Solomon’s ingenuity and his ability to push the boundaries of established recipes.

Bensonhurst’s unique flavor profile is achieved through a meticulous combination of high-quality ingredients. The recipe calls for rye whiskey, providing a robust and spicy base that pays homage to the classic Brooklyn’s roots. The dry vermouth introduces a crisp and herbal element, balancing the intensity of the rye.

Two teaspoons of Luxardo Maraschino liqueur contribute a subtle sweetness imparting a rich and slightly nutty flavo and complexity to the cocktail. Finally, a teaspoon of Cynar, an artichoke-based amaro, adds a touch of bitterness and depth, elevating the overall complexity of the drink.

This cocktail’s allure lies not only in its flavor but also in its versatility. The Bensonhurst is a drink that can be enjoyed on various occasions, whether as a sophisticated aperitif or a nightcap. Its intriguing combination of familiar and unique elements makes it a conversation starter, appealing to both seasoned cocktail enthusiasts and those new to the world of mixology.

Bensonhurst Cocktail Recipe

  1. 60 ml rye whiskey

  2. 30 ml dry vermouth

  3. 2 teaspoons Luxardo maraschino liqueur

  4. 1 teaspoon Cynar

  5. Ice

  6. Garinsh: Luxardo maraschino cherry

the Bensonhurst Cocktail

How to Make a Bensonhurst Cocktail

  1. Add the rye whiskey, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Cynar into a mixing glass.

  2. Add ice and stir for 10-15 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a Nick & Nora glass.

  4. Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry.