This Manhattan style cocktail contains definite flavor of dry vermouth spilling into the flavor palate. Would perhaps benefit by switching Heering Cherry Liqueur for Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur in my opinion as the Luxardo washes a bit too perfumy in this particular cocktail. Though the flavors meld together nicely the longer the drink sits in the glass. Cynar rather nice fit for this version. Might like hint more, but that is only due to my fascination with the artichoke spirit. Definite must try for bourbon enthusiasts and Manhattan cocktail lovers.


Bensonhurst 1 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin2 measures Bourbon

1 measure Dry Vermouth

1/2 measure Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

1/4 measure Cynar Artichoke Liqueur

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to thoroughly chill. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Holiday that celebrates the artichoke: National Artichoke Heart Day, March 16

Bensonhurst is a cocktail descendent of the Brooklyn Cocktail which calls for Amer Picon, a rare liqueur. This original adaptation utilizes Cynar. Named for a tough Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn. The original Bensonhurst version below is created by Chad Solomon of Cuffs and Buttons.


2 measures Rye

1 measure Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

2 measures Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

1 teaspoon Cynar

Without Garnish

Amer Picon is a French aperitif with bitter sweet flavors primarily highlighted as herbal and orange.

Brooklyn Cocktail

1-1/2 measure Rye

1/2 measure Dry Vermouth

1/4 measure Maraschino Liqueur

1/4 measure Amer Picon

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Another variation is the Brooklyn which utilizes Canadian Whisky rather than Rye or Bourbon.


2 measures Canadian Club Whisky

1 measure Dry Vermouth

Dash Amer Picon

Dash Maraschino Liqueur

Lemon Twist Garnish – Optional

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with optional lemon twist.

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