The resurgence of interest in old-fashioned cocktails (including the Old-Fashioned itself) has demonstrated that there aren’t too many shiny, new ideas under the sun. Take the BRONX COCKTAIL, created by teetotaling bartender Johnnie Solon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s Men’s Bar sometime between 1899 and 1906. As Solon related the story in the book Old Waldorf Bar Days (1931), he’d been challenged to come up with a new cocktail (New York had the Manhattan since the 1880s), so he tossed together some gin, vermouth, and orange juice, and named it the Bronx Cocktail after a visit to the Bronx Zoo. The drink was an immediate hit, and soon Solon was going through a case of oranges per day. The cocktail is still the signature item at the “new” Waldorf-Astoria (which opened in 1931 on Park Avenue) at the Bull & Bear bar.

bronx cocktail
1 1/2 oz. gordon’s gin
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
1/2 oz. fresh orange juice
combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. shake till very cold and strain into a cocktail glass over ice cubes.