You might know of or at least heard of the cocktail called "The Manhattan" (whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters) but did you know that there are four more cocktails that represent the boroughs of New York?

  • The Queens
  • The Brooklyn
  • The Bronx
  • The Staten Island Ferry

The Queens is made with gin, dry and sweet vermouth and pineapple juice.

The Brooklyn is made with rye, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur (cherry) and Amer Picon. I had to ask at a few liquor stores to even find out what Amer Picon is. Turns out it is an bitter orange-y tasting liqueur. It was suggested that I use Montenegro Amaro or Nonino Amaro for a substitute.

The Bronx is made with gin, equal parts sweet and dry vermouth and orange juice. This tasted similar to a Lillet Blanc and Orange juice. A cocktail that is better in warmer weather.

The Staten Island Ferry is made with equal parts coconut rum (like Malibu) and pineapple juice. I have had a few of those before, just never knew that it had a name.

All of these New York City Cocktails, got me thinking about what would a Hudson Valley cocktail consist of? Hard cider and bourbon? What do you think should be the cocktail of the Hudson Valley? Let us know.

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