Drinks

Greenpoint

Greenpoint.

This is a successful Manhattan variation by Michael McIlroy, created in the New York bar Milk & Honey.

60 ml Jack Daniels Rye
15 ml Chartreuse Jaune
15 ml Antica Formula vermouth
2 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Scrappy‘s Orange Bitters

Preparation: Stirre.

In 2005, Vincenzo Errico, a bartender at Milk & Honey in New York, developed the Red Hook, a variation of the Manhattan cocktail. This is made with rye whiskey, maraschino and Punt e Mes. Some also see a relationship to the Brooklyn Cocktail. Thus, the drink was named after a borough that is part of Brooklyn, but geographically is located roughly between Manhattan and Brooklyn. This drink impressed many bartenders, and subsequently numerous drinks were created that were variations of a Brooklyn Cocktail or Manhattan Cocktail, and named after other New York boroughs, most of which are in Brooklyn. [1] [2] ne of these is the Greenpoint, created by Michael McIlroy, then also a bartender at Milk & Honey and now the owner of Attaboy. [1] [2] [3] The latter lived in Greenpoint at the time, and so the new drink was to be named after that part of town. It therefore seemed obvious to use a green Chartreuse, but as this was not optimal in terms of taste, Michael decided to use yellow Chartreuse instead. [3] [4]

You can find various recipes of the Greenpoint, often with Punt e Mes, with Angostura and orange bitters, with different quantities. At this point we do not want to go into detail about who modified the recipe and why, because we have found the original recipe and that is what we want to concentrate on.

One bartender reports that Michael McIlroy’s original recipe is as follows: 50 ml rye whiskey, 12.5 ml sweet vermouth, 12.5 ml yellow Chartreuse, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 1 dash orange bitters, no garnish. In the Milk & Honey, Rittenhouse was used as the rye whiskey and Antica Formula as the vermouth. This information is extremely trustworthy because the person reporting was a bartender at PDT. He states that all the recipes of the PDT, Death & Co, Flatiron, Milk & Honey and Pegu Club were in common access, so that it was very easy to prepare drinks from another bar if they were ordered by a guest. At the PDT, they used Punt e Mes as the vermouth, but the original recipe did not specify it, but spoke of sweet vermouth. [2]

We tried both Punt e Mes and Antica Formula and clearly prefer the latter. Punt e Mes does not blend in as harmoniously. This may be the reason why many recipe variations were created with Punt e Mes, as they tried to get a little more balance into the drink.

Sources
  1. Robert Simonson: A proper drink. The untold story of how a band of bartenders saved the civilized drinking world. ISBN 978-1-60774-754-3. Berkley, Ten Speed Press, 2016. Page 117.
  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/cocktails/comments/19s7lz/not_cocktail_of_the_week_9_greenpoint/: Not Cocktail of the Week #9: Greenpoint. By Wallunit, 2013.
  3. https://mixology.eu/drinks/greenpoint-cocktail/: Der Greenpoint Cocktail. By Marco Beier, 14. January 2014.
  4. https://mixology.eu/featured/greenpoint-cocktail-all-the-world-is-green/: All the World is Green. By Juliane Reichert, 24. October 2018.
Greenpoint.
Greenpoint.

Recipes

2011 Helmut Adam, Jens Hasenbein, Bastian Heuser: Cocktailian 1. Seite 449. Greenpoint. 6 cl Rye Whiskey, 2 cl Punt e Mes, 1 cl Chartreuse Jaune, 1 dash Orange Bitters, 1 dash Angostura Bitters. Garnierung: Orangenzeste.

2011 Jim Meehan: Das Geheime Cocktail-Buch. Seite 138. Greenpoint. 6cl Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey Vol. 50%; 3 cl Punt e Mes; 1 BL Chartreuse Jaune; 1 Spritzer Angostura. Keine Garnierung.

2013 Victoria Bar: Die Schule der Trunkenheit. Seite 243 Green Point. 6 cl Rye; 3 cl Punt e Mes; 3 Dash Angostura; 0,5 cl Chartreuse Verte oder Jaune;

2013 https://www.reddit.com/r/cocktails/comments/19s7lz/not_cocktail_of_the_week_9_greenpoint/: Comment of jpder. Greenpoint. Original recipe. 50ml (slightly less than 1.75 oz) Rye 12.5ml (slightly less than .5 oz) Sweet Vermouth 12.5ml (slightly less than .5 oz) Yellow Chartreuse 2 Dash Ango (not optional) 1 Dash Orange (not optional) No garnish. This was made with both rittenhouse at PDT and M&H.

2016 Philip Greene: The Manhattan. Seite 208. Greenpoint. 2 ounces rye whiskey; 1/2 ounce yellow Chartreuse; 1/2 ounce Punt e Mes; 1 dash Angostura Bitters; 1 dash orange bitters; lemon peel for garnish.

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Hi, I'm Armin and in my spare time I want to promote bar culture as a blogger, freelance journalist and Bildungstrinker (you want to know what the latter is? Then check out "About us"). My focus is on researching the history of mixed drinks. If I have ever left out a source you know of, and you think it should be considered, I look forward to hearing about it from you to learn something new. English is not my first language, but I hope that the translated texts are easy to understand. If there is any incomprehensibility, please let me know so that I can improve it.

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