Bensonhurst Cocktail – The modern Brooklyn twist

Bensonhurst Cocktail - Light orange cocktail garnished with a maraschino cherry.


45 ml | 1 1/2 ozRye Whiskey
30 ml | 1 ozDry Vermouth
10 ml | 1/3 ozMaraschino Liqueur
5 ml | 1/6 ozCynar

Method: Stirred
Garnish: Maraschino cherry
Glass: Martini or Coupette

Shopping list

  1. Stork Club Straight Rye
  2. Dolin Dry Vermouth
  3. Luxardo Maraschino
  4. Cynar

The story of the Bensonhurst Cocktail

The Bensonhurst is a modern variation of the classic Brooklyn cocktail, which itself is a riff on the Manhattan cocktail. It was created by Chad Solomon, a bartender who worked at Milk & Honey and Pegu Club in New York City in 2006. He named it after the neighborhood in south Brooklyn where he lived, which has a large Italian-American population.

The Bensonhurst cocktail is made with rye whiskey, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Cynar, a bitter Italian liqueur made from artichokes. The Cynar adds a distinctive earthy and herbal flavor to the drink, balancing the sweetness of the maraschino and the spiciness of the rye.


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