Cocktail Chronicles 001: The Brooklyn

For almost the past year, I have been living in New York, and as I start this new weekly cocktail series, I wanted to showcase a cocktail that was inspired by the greatest city in the world! As a result, the cocktail that I have chosen to showcase is a Brooklyn.

If you have spent any amount of time in the world of mixology or really just spent anytime at all at a bar you have heard of the Manhattan. The Manhattan is a great, iconic cocktail in and of itself, but we’re here to talk about its neighbor — A Brooklyn. 

A Brooklyn shares some resemblance to the Manhattan but swaps a couple of key ingredients. That is, in its purest form that Brooklyn uses Amer Pican as its bittering agent. Additionally, sweet red vermouth is swapped for dry vermouth. Another ingredient that a Brooklyn requires that is different from a Manhattan is that a Brooklyn calls for Maraschino liqueur. 

Unfortunately, Amer Pican is a challenge to find in the States. If you are out of luck, however, and find yourself unable to acquire Amer Pican, you can also resort to using a few dashes of angostura bitters instead. 


  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Maraschino liqueur (we used Luxardo)
  • Couple Dashes of Angostura Bitters


  • Place all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until amply chilled.
  • Next, strain into a chilled cocktail glass (For example a Nick & Nora Glass)
  • Add a single maraschino cherry for garnish

 Brooklyn Cocktail being poured into Amehla Co. Nick and Nora

You have now crossed over the Manhattan Bridge and find yourself in Brooklyn -- Cheers!

Brooklyn Cocktail In an Amehla Co. Nick and Nora Glass