Brooklyn Cocktail | Classic Pre-Prohibition Cocktail

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As Biggie-Smalls said “Where Brooklyn At?! Where Brooklyn At?!” Well if your looking for the Brooklyn cocktail then its right here, but this drink could easily have been lost and forgotten. Unfortunately this drink was never as popular as its’ other New York cocktail buddies the Manhattan or Bronx, and once prohibition came along history mostly forgot about the Brooklyn.

The main reason people probably stopped making it is one of the main ingredients, Amer Picon, stopped being imported into the United States a long time ago. It is still manufactured but can only be purchased in Europe. Amer Picon is a kind of an herbaly, orangy, bitter/sweetish digestive bitter. I really wanted to include this cocktail so in place of Amer Picon you can try using Amaro Nonino. At about 50 clams a bottle so it’s pretty pricy but at least it can be purchased.

As a side note if you live outside the USA then none of this substitution stuff matters but I think around 80-85% of my users live in the US so that’s the audience I try to write a bit more to.


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Brooklyn Cocktail | Classic Pre-Prohibition Cocktail

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Learn how to make the Brooklyn Cocktail. An amazing pre-prohibition cocktail that is all but forgotten since the loss of Amer Picon in the United States.


  • 3 dashes Amer Picon

  • 1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur

  • 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth

  • 2 oz Brandy


  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.


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