Brockton Cocktail



by Raul Faria

The Brockton Cocktail was my entry for this years “Shake it Up” cocktail competition that is held at the Nightclub and Bar Show in Las Vegas. This year we were challenged with creating a cocktail from a list of various spirits, bitters, liqueurs and mixers. We were also given a theme “the Spirit of America” in addition to the challenge of not using any fruit juice in the cocktail creation. I first addressed the theme and immediately thought of my home town of Brockton. The spirit of America to me is different cultures coming together, much like my hometown which is a giant melting pot of different nationalities and cultures all coming together to make Brockton great. I chose to focus on the Irish and Italian cultures with this cocktail. I utilized Jameson Irish whiskey which reflects the Irish ancestry of my Mother’s side of the family and the Italian Aperol and Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur that represents one of Brockton’s most famous Italian residents, Rocky Marciano. This is an all spirits cocktail topped off with ginger beer. typically a cocktail like this would be stirred and topped off or simply built in the glass. However with this particular cocktail I felt it was necessary to shake, I felt it needed the additional dilution provided by the shake and you also got a nice froth from the bitters and the Aperol. Its an herbal, spicy cocktail that has an old school Brockton style vibe. Wanna make one?

1)   lets get our tools together, we are going to need our Boston Shaker, a Hawthorne Strainer, a jigger with a 1 oz and a .5 oz measure, and a double old fashioned or rocks glass. Our shopping list will include Jameson Irish Whiskey, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Aperol, Fee Bros Rhubarb and Orange Bitters, lemons, and Fever Tree Ginger Beer. Do yourself a favor and try and find the Fever Tree brand, it is the best ginger beer out there in my opinion.

2)   Lets begin by adding our 2 oz of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Gotta love the Jaymo!

3)   Next we will add .5 oz or Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur. This is a funky old school liqueur with unique herbal note that is distilled from Marasca Cherries, stems, pits and all.

4)   Now lets add our .5 oz of Aperol. This is an Italian aperitif with a lot of bitter orange notes and is similar to Campari but less bitter. Aperol is also an ingredient in the popular Italian aperitif cocktail “Spritz”

5)   Lets get our 3 dashes of both the orange and rhubarb bitters in our mixing glass add ice and shake.

6)   Strain into chilled ice filled double old fashioned or rocks glass and top off with Fever tree ginger beer. Garnish with a lemon peel and express the oil over the cocktail and drop it in, Enjoy!

Check out our YouTube channel for the Brockton Cocktail here.

Thanks to Kandi Johnson and everyone at Shake it Up for putting on an amazing competition and congratulations to all my fellow competitors and their truly great cocktails.

Brockton Cocktail– 2 oz Jameson, .5 oz Maraschino Liqueur, .5oz Aperol, 3 dashes of Fee Bros Orange Bitters, 3 dashes of Rhubarb Bitters, shake/strain then top off with 1.5 oz of Fever Tree Ginger Beer, garnish with lemon peel and express the oil over the cocktail.

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