Whisky Magazine Issue 134
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New York – ‘The Big Apple'
One of the main vital hubs of culture, art, music and debauchery in the US has and always will be New York City. With its incredible diversity, heritage and influence, New York City has been one of the key influencers in the world of mixology. From the top of my head, I can name at least 10 staple classical cocktails from New York commonly served in bars across the world today.
I handpicked three cocktails which all have different sources of inspiration and proliferation. From the Brooklyn, created to fill a gap for a cocktail named after the area to the Rusty Nail, a drink with many names which rose and fell in fame thanks to a famous Jazz band. Finally, the Penicillin, created by a bartender which could be considered as an essential part of the revival of the modern day cocktail scene thanks to a now world famous cocktail bar: Milk & Honey NYC.
It all began around 1880 with the Manhattan. According to legend it was invented in the Manhattan Club for Winston Churchill's mother for a party she commissioned. From the creation of possibly the most popular cocktail began a rivalry between all five boroughs of New York with the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island Ferry and finally the Brooklyn.
The main issue with reproducing the Brooklyn is one of its ingredients: Amer Picon, an orange based Amaro which originally contained quinine and had a dry nutty oxidised finish which evolved into another product all together when they changed the recipe after the second world war. In ord...