What to Drink at the Counting Room: A Brooklyn Cocktail
Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too.
The drink: A Brooklyn Cocktail
Like a Manhattan, only more bearded.
The bar: The Counting Room, 44 Berry Street, Brooklyn
The price: $10
The ingredients: Old Overholt rye, dry vermouth, housemade amer picon, and maraschino liqueur.
The buzz: Sure, it's summer and there aren't enough Pimm's Cups and daiquiris in the world to keep us quenched. But it rained something fierce in New York for two days, and during that time we craved the brown liquor. When in Brooklyn on a cloudy evening, why not sip a cocktail named for the borough? In the Counting Room's cold, concrete basement, it's never really summer anyway. This classic is a variation on a Manhattan that dates to the early 20th century. The Brooklyn gets its bite from the amer picon, an orange-flavored aperitif wine from France; the dry vermouth is rounded out by maraschino. It's more bittersweet than a Manhattan -- like life in the borough, perhaps?
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