The 9-Bottle Bar Recipe: The Red Hook Cocktail

The 9-Bottle Bar Recipe: The Red Hook Cocktail

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Roger Kamholz
Sep 19, 2014
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There's a cocktail named for each of New York City's five boroughs, so why not its neighborhoods, too? The Red Hook cocktail shares its moniker with a waterside enclave in south Brooklyn.

Recipe-wise, this bold and booze-driven drink is a cross between the Manhattan (rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters) and the Martinez (Old Tom gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, bitters), pulling ingredients from both. The Red Hook — credited to Milk & Honey bartender Enzo Errico — also bears some resemblance to the Brooklyn cocktail (rye whiskey, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, Amer Picon). If you enjoy any of those drinks, the Red Hook may be right up your alley.

The Red Hook Cocktail

Serves 1

2 ounces rye whiskey
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth (preferably Punt e Mes)
1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
Cocktail cherries (or lemon peel), for garnish

Combine all the ingredients but the garnish in a mixing glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes and stir for about 30 seconds. Strain contents into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the cherries — or for a slightly drier presentation, try expressing and garnishing the drink with lemon peel.

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