Pthhbblpthpt! (The Bronx Cocktail)

Yep, that’s a Bronx Cheer; I’ve always been highly amused by representations of such in print, most likely due to a childlikeish streak that lurks in many of us. (Pthbbpt!)

However, as you may or may not know, the Bronx is a lot more than just a cheer, or a borough of New York, or the home of a nifty zoo. It’s a venerable old cocktail, one that deserves to be quaffed nowadays. Today’s edition of Gary Regan’s column “The Cocktailian” tells us many nifty stories about the Bull and Bear Bar at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where this drink was created (as well as the Rob Roy and the Bobbie Burns), and which saw “Mark Twain, Buffalo Bill, and Bat Masterson quaffing cocktails way back when the old place was on the site of today’s Empire State Building.”

Bronx Cocktail

2 ounces gin.
1/4 ounce sweet vermouth.
1/4 ounce dry vermouth.
1 ounce fresh orange juice.
1 to 2 dashes orange bitters.
1 orange twist, for garnish

Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Add the garnish.