The Verrazano cocktail is a mix of rye whiskey, dry vermouth, and herbal liqueur. It was created in the early 20th century for a New York bartender named Johnnie Solon. The cocktail is said to have been created for a banquet celebrating the completion of the Verrazano Bridge, which connects Staten Island to Brooklyn. This drink is named after Giovanni da Verrazzano, who was an Italian explorer and navigator who had explored New York Bay in 1524 and claimed it for France.
It is the Manhattan’s sexier, more Italian cousin. It takes the classic (2 ounces of bourbon, 1 ounce of vermouth, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters) and swaps out the sweet vermouth for dry.
3 ounce Gin
1 ounce Vodka
½ ounce Cocchi Americano
Large lemon twist
1. Shake with ice. Strain into chilled Champagne or cocktail glass.
2. Add lemon twist.
3. Serve in a Champagne Flute.
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