Brooklyn Cocktail Recipe


2 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce dry vermouth
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
2 dashes Alpino bitters
Garnish: Luxardo maraschino cherry


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.

  2. Stir until well chilled.

  3. Strain into chilled coupe glass

  4. Garnish with maraschino cherry.


The Brooklyn first appeared in Jack’s Manual in 1908, and was made popular by Jacob Grohusko who was the head bartender at Baracca’s Restaurant on Wall Street. While it drinks similarly to a Manhattan, it has remained relatively obscure since prohibition until recently, mainly due to the use of Amer Picon bitters, which are difficult to find in the US. For our version, we’ve substituted the Alpino bitters, which gives the drink a similar and yet distinct flavor to the original Brooklyn.

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  1. Jim

    Amer Picon is indeed hard to find in the US. The original recipe was tweaked in the later 1900s to make it less bitter. It’s often served in a lager style beer in France in working class bars. A small craft distiller in Golden, Colorado named Golden Moon Distillery makes a close approximation of the original recipe that they call Amer Dit Picon. It is worth seeking out for the chance to taste an original Brooklyn.

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