A cocktail for every 'hood: Next stops, Bushwick, Carroll Gardens

The Brooklyn cocktail at Weatherup
The Brooklyn cocktail at Weatherup

There's just no end to drinking Brooklyn's health these days. TONY's recent feature article on the new wealth of cocktails named after New York neighborhoods mentions the Little Italy, the Greenpoint, the Brooklyn Heights, the Red Hook and the Slope—all descendants of the age-old Manhattan and Brooklyn cocktails. But that's just half of the story. Before going to print, we already knew of a Cobble Hill and a Bensonhurst cocktail (which you can learn more about after the jump). Since the piece was published, signature libations for Carroll Gardens and Bushwick have come out of the woodwork. Continue reading for recipes and lore.

Cobble Hill

The Cobble Hill was created by bartender Sam Ross of Milk & Honey as "a summertime Manhattan." Says Ross, "The addition of dry vermouth and a bruised cucumber did brighten up the rye whiskey and almost deems it refreshing."

2 oz rye whiskey

1/2 oz dry vermouth

1/2 oz amaro Montenegro

2 slices of cucumber

Add all ingredients to a chilled mixing glass and stir until appropriately diluted and chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon. Also served at Little Branch and White Star.


Chad Solomon, a reformed bartender who now heads the cocktail catering company Cuffs and Buttons, envisioned "a tough-guy drink" when he invented the Bensonhurst. With the use of Noilly Prat dry, it's the only new-generation Brooklyn-inspired drink to use the same dry vermouth as the original.

2 oz rye
1 oz Noilly Prat dry vermouth
2 tsps of Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
1 tsp Cynar
Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. It's a good bet that you can get the drink anywhere savvy bartenders are found. Since Solomon used to work for Sasha Petraske, you can likely order one at his bars Little Branch and White Star.

Carroll Gardens

Bartender Joaquin Simo, from Death & Company, says he created a drink in honor of his home neighborhood, Carroll Gardens, last year, and it has since been featured at Death & Company and the Flatiron Lounge.

2 oz Rittenhouse rye

1/2 oz Punt e Mes vermouth

1/2 oz Nardini Amaro

1 tsp Luxardo Maraschino liqueur

Stir ingredients over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Squeeze lemon twist over the drink, wipe the rim with the peel and discard. Death & Company will serve one to you.


Simo's Death & Company colleague Phil Ward named his Brooklyn-themed cocktail the Bushwick. It includes Amer Picon, which is currently available only in Europe (though many bartenders mix up their own approximations of the liquor).

2 oz Rittenhouse rye

3/4 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth

1/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur

1/4 oz Amer Picon

Stir ingredients over cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. No garnish.

There are still plenty of Brooklyn neighborhoods out there needing cocktails. But a word of advice to ambitious bartenders: Think twice before naming yours the New Lots. It just doesn't have much of a ring to it.--Robert Simonson