2 ounces London Dry Gin
.5 ounces Sweet Vermouth
.5 ounces Dry Vermouth
1 ounce fresh squeezed Orange Juice
Orange twist for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add gin, vermouth and orange juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail or martini glass. Add an Orange twist for garnish (if you want to make the effort)
"Ever hear of a Bronx cocktail Al?"
"No. What's in it, Thunderbird and Kool Aid?".
Yeah I get to say such things as I used to live in that somewhat maligned borough of New York City, back when I was young, and though there are some very fine neighborhoods to be sure, my mind's eye raced right to one of the darker and seedy areas of the Bronx, Charlotte street. For when I was kicking about, you weren't going to be drinking anything grand down there, though you could have bought some nice crack, ahem, Jumbo to go with your bagged wine.
Of course I didn't frequent the area, my instincts of self preservation are just too strong, and I stayed up in Kingsbridge where I belonged, yet the visual remains all the same. By the way, for all you sensitive sorts, the South Bronx is not what it used to be and all the towering abandoned buildings and trash filled vacant lots have been replaced with little ranch houses.
The Bronx cocktail is as far removed from dark alleys, winos, and crack dealers as one can get. As a matter of fact it was once called a rich man's drink and was associated with elegance and sophistication. An aperitif of refined taste for a discerning palate it was supposedly the favorite drink of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Not that I care what he liked, the Great Gatsby, made me want to strangle the man, but I am quite sure another famous man, Arthur Flegenheimer a.k.a. Dutch Schultz partook of this wonderful concoction. If was good enough for the Dutchman hell it's good enough for the likes of me.
The above recipe is the original as created around 1905. Some newer versions that I have heard about ask for orange, or just plain old bitters to be added. You can do that, but then the cocktail is no longer called a "Bronx" but an "Income Tax".