Ok, we know, a Brooklyn Cocktail already exists, but almost all the bartenders we asked didn’t seem to realize this (there’s also a Bronx), so maybe it’s time to talk about a new version of the “Brooklyn.” (Incidentally, the traditional recipe calls for bourbon or rye, dry vermouth, Amer Picon and maraschino liqueur.)
Where he presides: Franklin Park, Prospect Heights
Favorite drink: Sidecar
Start with rye, then add some fresh lemon juice and a little Yukon Jack. The rye should either be Rittenhouse or Pikesville. A Brooklyn needs to be sizzling. Brooklyn isn’t sweet. It needs a strong flavor and a strong push. That’s what the rye does. That’s what makes it the real article.
Where she presides: Old Carriage Inn, Park Slope
Favorite drink: Raspberry Stoli & 7 Up
When I think of Brooklyn, I think casual. And when I think casual, I think beer. You know, there’s a Brooklyn Lager; that’s popular here. But if I were to make a Brooklyn, I’d put hard liquor in it — some kind of martini. Jack Daniels would go in it. Hmm… what to say? Pineapple juice as well. Then topped with maraschino cherries. Those all seem to compliment each other.
Where she presides: Savoy, Soho
Favorite drink: Gimlet
I like tequila, but when I think about it, tequila’s too Queens. For Brooklyn, I’d go with whiskey, and maybe something a little fruity. There’s a girl who works here we call the Brooklyn Bomber because of her jacket. I think the Brooklyn Bomber is a great name for a cocktail. It’d be something on the bad-ass side. Like a variation on the Irish car bomb.
Where she presides: Huckleberry Bar, Bushwick
Favorite drink: Manhattans in the fall, gin gimlets in the summer.
A Brooklyn cocktail needs bourbon. If I used this neighborhood as inspiration, I’d think about the mature taste buds of the consumers, and make it special. Bourbon, lime, ginger syrup, vanilla and cloves. Like a Dark and Stormy. Something cool, sophisticated and androgynous. Not too strong, not too sweet. The girls could be all, hell yea, I’m drinking bourbon, and the guys could be all, look, I’m drinking something actually creative and nice.
Where he presides: Five Leaves, Greenpoint
Favorite drink: Bourbon on the rocks
For the rich kids of Brooklyn, walking around in shredded clothes, something called the Nuevo Poor, maybe. I would give them Dom Perignon in a PBR can. To be consumed while complaining that your favorite indie band sold out. Aww, I’m just kidding.