There was a time when the Manhattan cocktail was brand new. A time when hip drinkers would walk into a bar ask for the drink and get a blank stare back from their bartender. In those earliest days of the cocktail there was still variation in the recipe and looking through old bartending guides one can find recipes for the cocktail that included Maraschino liqueur or Curacao. In time as the cocktail settled into the form we know today those alternatives took on other names. The Jockey Club is one of those variants, excluding bitters and adding a small amount of Maraschino liqueur.
- 1 1/2 oz. bourbon
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
- 1/2 oz. Maraschino liqueur
Add ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
The Jockey Club, as one would expect considering its history, is a lot like a Manhattan. And that isn’t a bad thing. The real difference is that there is a herbally, cherry sweetness that lingers in the mouth that you won’t find when drinking a Manhattan. Both though will instill a bit a warmth in your throat and chest though. Just the sort of thing you’d want on a cool Autumn evening.
If you can cast your mind to September, and this blog, you might remember a post I made on the Grapefruit Garibaldi cocktail. I enjoyed that cocktail quite a bit, enough to look up the original and make a note to return to at some point. It took a little longer than I wanted. Vacation and New York City cocktails got in the way. So, what would be a perfect fall cocktail seems a little out of place as we move into the chill of winter! Oh well!
The Garibaldi is named after Italian General Giuseppe Garibaldi who played a pivotal role in the unification of Italy and is considered one of the country’s founding fathers. This drink takes its name from the popular historical figure’s red shirt and is inspired by its crimson ingredients. It is believed the cocktail was invented at the beginning of the 20th century, by mixing all-Milanese Capari with orange juice, the symbolic fruit of Sicily, where Garibaldi’s red-clad men landed in 1860 to liberate it and annex the island what would soon become the newly constituted Italian state.
- 1 oz. Campari
- 3 oz. Fresh orange juice
Fill old fashioned glass with ice. Add Campari and top with orange juice. Stir. Garnish with half slice of orange.
This drink tastes as lovely as it looks. Sweet orange citrus with a slight bitter bite. I sat on my back porch last night watching the sunset sipping this drink hoping that through the act I might invoke an Indian Summer but it doesn’t seemed to have worked. Next time I’ll just have one in Sicily during the Mediterranean summer. Yeah, that sounds about right.
With the Staten Island my mixologist’s tour of New York City’s boroughs comes to an end. I’ve already “been” to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx and now that here we are at Staten Island I’m regretting it. I should have ended this series with the Manhattan or the Bronx. Really, anything but Staten Island, because this cocktail is a disappointment. (Friends in the know tell me that the ACTUAL Staten Island is also a disappointment so maybe this drink is true to its namesake.) It’s just a shame to end this series on a bad note.
- 1 part coconut liqueur
- 1 part pineapple juice
Stir together ingredients. Pour over ice into a highball glass.
I don’t know if there is much to say about this cocktail. It’s like a Piña Colada without requiring any of the special materials or tools that cocktails requires. a It’s sweet, cloyingly so and it tastes like coconut and pineapple. Depending on the size of your highball glass it is could also end up being very, very boozy. That’s about it really.
I wish there was more to say about the drink. I wish it was as enjoyable to drink as the Bronx or the Brooklyn, or ever the Queens. Comparing the Staten to the Manhattan would be too great an insult to the latter so I’m not going to. Staten Island might not be the best borough but it certainly deserves better than this…
I continue working my way through New York City’s borough’s this week (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island) with the Queens’ cocktail. The Queens most resembles a Perfect Martini, a martini with equal part of dry and sweet vermouth, that has had pineapple juice added to it. If you’ve been following the Burroughs cocktail you’ll also know that this cocktail is nearly identical to the Bronx, which happens to also be more popular as a cocktail, except having pineapple instead of orange juice.
- 1 oz. gin
- 1 oz. dry vermouth
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
Fill shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
The Queens is a perfectly cromulent cocktail. Especially if you’re a fan of gin or pineapple… There really isn’t anything that makes it stick out though. It’s enjoyable but isn’t memorable enough that’d you’d order it at the bar. Or maybe it’s just unfair to compare it to the Manhattan? Probably unfair to compare most cocktails to the Manhattan. I do think some small changes would go a long way in making the cocktail more enjoyable the first among them are a little lemon juice and an egg white. The lemon juice would brighten the cocktail and add some depth to the drink and the egg white would make it silky smooth going down…