After much ado (including a postponement, a recasting of the votes, and a rules change), Tales of the Cocktail announced their 2020 Spirited Awards winners today.
In 1934, the Bronx No. 1 was rated the third most popular cocktail behind only the Martini and the Manhattan, but by that time the drink had been around for decades. The first known written mention is in William “Cocktail” Boothby’s 1908 classic “The World’s Drinks And How To Mix Them.” Some sources attribute the cocktail’s popularization to Bronx restauranteur Joseph S. Sorman and others credit it to the recipe entirely to a Waldorf-Astoria bartender, Johnnie Solan.
Note, Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill W. wrote that the Bronx was the first cocktail he ever tasted.
- Combine ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and stir.
- Strain into a coupe.
- Garnish with orange twist.