Most people are familiar with the Manhattan cocktail (we certainly are!), but there are versions named for other New York City boroughs. One of our favorites is the Brooklyn - which is similar to the Manhattan but uses maraschino liquor and vermouth along with the bourbon.

Yes, we know, everyone is sick of hearing about how hip Brooklyn is now, but this cocktail seems more like a throwback - something to sip while listening to a Sinatra album.

We did a barrel-aged version of our Brooklyn recipe (aged for 6 weeks in a mini oak barrel from Deep South Barrels) and it was a huge hit at our recent party. For the barrel-aged version we used Maker's Mark bourbon, but when we make it as a single drink our preference is for Old Scout Smooth Ambler or Russell's Reserve bourbon. For another one of our barrel-aged creations see: Autumn on 44th Street.

So go ahead and mix yourself a drink and imagine a time when you could go into a bar in Brooklyn and not have to pay $18 for a cocktail!



2 oz. Old Scout Bourbon (or Russell's Reserve)
1/2 oz. Luxardo Maraschino liquor
1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
4 dashes or orange bitters

Shake briefly with ice and serve in a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

The Brooklyn and the barrel
The ingredients
Rooftop water tower in Brooklyn

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