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Entry from December 27, 2018
Staten Island (cocktail)

The “Manhattan” cocktail has existed since at least the 1880s, but for many years it was noted that the borough of Staten Island did not have a cocktail of its own. There is a “Richmond Cocktail,” but it’s possibly referring to Richmond (Jamaica) and not Richmond County.

“The Staten Island Cocktail @ Travern on the Green !!!!” was posted on Twitter by Bienvenida on December 27, 2014. This version of a “Staten Island Cocktail” is what has been called the “Staten Island Ferry Cocktail” and contains rum and pineapple juice—“island” ingredients that more usually from Caribbean islands and not Staten Island. “Staten Island Ferry Cocktail” (cited in print since at least 2008) appears to have been first served at the Jade Island tiki bar restaurant (2845 Richmond Avenue).

The other borough cocktails are Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.


Wikipedia: List of cocktails named after New York City boroughs
Staten Island
Staten Island is the only borough without a cocktail that bears its name directly. A Staten Island Ferry is named after the ferry that carries passengers between the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island.

It consists of Malibu rum and pineapple juice, resembling a piña colada. Its tropical flavoring is a satire on the fact that Staten Island is an island though far removed from the tropics.

Google Groups: soc.motss
Happy May Day
Chris Hansen
6/2/07
(...)
Manhattans are supposed to be made with bourbon, I think. There is a recipe and lots of controversy in the comments at:
http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink580.html .

>And then there was the Bronx, which I assume is extinct as the great
>auk. Back in the 30s it was one of the three most popular cocktails
>served in the U.S.; it’s specifically mentioned is several of my
>favorite movies of the period, most notably _The Thin Man_ where Nick is
>teaching the bartenders what dance rhythms go with which drinks. The
>Bronx is a “perfect martini” with orange juice added. The screwdriver
>has probably replaced it among the health conscious and breakfast drinkers.

http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink1619.html is the recipe for a Bronx cocktail. The only comment says that it’s good for a cold.

>Oddly enough, I’ve never heard a Queens cocktail.
http://www.drinksmixer.com/drinkl12m404.html replaces the OJ in the Bronx with pineapple juice. Sounds vile.

Brooklyn: http://www.drinksmixer.com/drinkl12m404.html sounds even viler: replace OJ with maraschino cherry juice!

Chris “There doesn’t seem to be a Staten Island cocktail (nor a “Richmond"); pity, as it would be fun to drink your way through the entire City of New York.” Hansen

Google Groups: soc.motss
Listen as that shoe drops…
Frank R.A.J. Maloney
4/25/08
(...)
I’ve been hunting around a Queens cocktail. I found one involving gin, both kinds of vermouth, and crushed pineapple, but I suspect it was not named for the borough, but for some queen regnant or consort since some of the recipes call the Queen’s cocktail.

There’s also a Staten Island, with coffee vodka, dry vermouth, lime juice, and a cherry. Obviously not a vintage recipe. (In the spirit of completism, I will also mention the rummy Staten Island Ferry, a kind of Piña Colada sans coconut cream.)

Chris Hansen
4/25/08
(...)
I think this might be a case of grocer’s apostrophe. I’ve seen this one too. And, I can’t think of any Queens Regnant or Consort who would drink something like that. Our own dear Queen likes Dubonnet and gin.
(...)
Geez, that Staten Island drink sounds fairly on the vile side. If we do have a New York City Drinks Party, we will eschew the Staten Island.

Twitter
Girl On Ferry
@GirlOnFerry
Do you know what a Staten Island Ferry is? Coconut rum and pineapple juice is my rainy day cocktail of choice. http://tinyurl.com/yheqvzg
6:11 PM - 23 Mar 2010

Thirsty in LA
1886 Opens at The Raymond in Pasadena
By thirstyinla On November 17, 2010
(...)
Then it was off to a former Dutch colony for one more Stirred cocktail, the Staten Island: Bols Genever, Galliano, Amaro Ramazzotti, Carpano Antica and orange peel. An excellent cocktail balanced between the flavors of the signature Bols maltiness, sweetness and orange spice.

Four Pounds Flour
Cocktail Hour: The Bronx and The Queens
Published on May 3, 2012 in 20th century, cocktail hour, drinks and new york.
(..)
The only borough of New York to lack a cocktail to call its own is Staten Island.  So if you were going to craft a Staten Island cocktail, what would be in it?  No cheap shots! (We love you, S.I!) I want a quality cocktail idea.

Twitter
Squeaky
@squeakattack
Thursday night cocktail: Staten Island Ferry (pina colada made with slutty rum instead of coconut… http://instagram.com/p/ZGgJe9N3AF/
2:48 PM - 9 May 2013

Twitter
Naren Young
@ForkandShaker
Anyone know if there’s a Queens Cocktail, as in the NYC borough? There’s a Bronx, Manhattan & a Brooklyn. What about poor Staten Island?
2:04 PM - 27 Oct 2013

Twitter
Bienvenida
@BienvenidaVaot
The Staten Island Cocktail @ Travern on the Green !!!! 🍸 http://instagram.com/p/xH7BLhMTCw/
3:35 PM - 27 Dec 2014

Google Books
Make Mine a Martini:
130 Cocktails and Canapes for Fabulous Parties

By Kay Plunkett-Hogge
i5 Publishing
2015
Pg. ?:
THE STATEN ISLAND Curiously, there is no agreed recipe for a Staten Island cocktail, which may be one of the reasons why some people often call it ‘the forgotten borough’. Researching this book, I’ve found drinks which claim the name that are made with coffee vodka or with Jack Daniels and energy drinks, but there’s nothing that fits in with the other Borough Cocktails.

Twitter
i hung up my katana for a reason
@BuzzfeedGDebord
@grphlegmblip @RancidSassy the tropical wonderland of Staten Island, immortalized in the cocktail of coconut rum and pineapple juice.
8:27 PM - 8 Jan 2015

Twitter
Ramona’s better than you
@SailorRamona
FINALLY I’m trying the Staten Island. Run and coconut and lime and soda.
11:44 PM - 9 Oct 2015

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
The Avenue’s Staten Island Cocktail
Ryan Valentine | Feb 11, 2016
Guests at The Avenue are raving about our elevated version of a coconut rum and pineapple juice cocktail. Bitter Wife Black Pepper Vanilla Bitters and a dollop of crème fraîche from Snowville Creamery add complexity and balance to a sometimes overly sweet libation.

Ingredients:
1 ½ ounces coconut-infused Mt. Gay Silver Rum
1 ounces freshly squeezed pineapple juice
1 spoonful Snowville creamery crème fraiche
¼ ounce simple syrup
5 drops Bitter Wife Black Pepper Vanilla Bitters

Twitter
Tavern On The Green
@TavernGreenNYC
Monday nights at the bar. Try our Staten Island cocktail, made with Owney’s rum, coconut water, pineapple juice, lime juice
5:25 PM - 12 Jun 2017

Twitter
(((Rowdy Writer/Witch)))
@nowin2613
Replying to @Webster69Dw
There’s 2! There’s the Staten Island Ferry, which is Malibu rum & pineapple juice. Or there’s our Staten Island Cocktail? It’s bourbon, 1/
8:52 PM - 12 Sep 2017

Tavern on the Green (New York, NY)—Fall 2018 Beverages (COCKTAILS)
BRONX
Dorothy Parker Gin, Orange Juice, Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino, Dolin Blanc Vermouth
14

BROOKLYN
Ragtime Rye, CioCiaro, Maraschino Liqueur, Dolin Dry Vermouth
15

MANHATTAN
Breukelen 77 Rye Whiskey, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Angostura Bitters
16

QUEENS
Bootlegger Vodka, Velvet Falernum, Hibiscus Syrup, Pomegranate Molasses, Lemon Juice
13

STATEN ISLAND
Owney’s Rum, Coconut Water, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice
15

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