It’s “spring” in Colorado, which means “winter every other week.” Just as some have been pulling their warm-weather clothes out of the closet, I’ve recently made a few warm weather cocktails, like the Negroni and the Scotch and Soda. But tonight we’re expecting a foot of snow and it’s blustery outside, so I’m back to mixes that warm your bones.
The Brooklyn is a wonderful cocktail that has seen a number of variations in recent years, most of them named after neighborhoods in the borough. Today’s recipe is a relatively simple variation that I just invented and named after the Brooklyn neighborhood closest to Manhattan, known as Williamsburg. I chose the name because, well, the drink is sort of a cross between a Manhattan and a Brooklyn. I’m really enjoying it – it’s different than both and yet familiar.
- 2 oz rye
- 3/4 oz Punt e Mes
- 1/4 oz Campari
- 1/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
- Luxardo cherry garnish
Mix ingredients in shaker and shake or stir as preferred, then strain into a glass. Add the cherry and a touch of cherry juice. Best in a coupe but a martini glass will also get it down the hatch.