Cocktail Recipe: The Suburban


This recipe first appeared with a story on Hudson Valley cocktails: Mixing Drinks with Local Lore.

The Suburban

The Suburban

How could we not include this one? First published in the Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book of 1934, the drink has its roots in Brooklyn, where it was named for the Suburban Handicap, a horse race run in Sheepshead Bay when it originated in 1884 (the race is still run at Belmont Park annually). Serves 2.


  • 3 ounces Rye
  • 1 ounce dark Jamaican rum
  • 1 ounce port
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes orange bitters


  1. Gather all ingredients over cracked ice in a shaker and stir. Serve in a chilled coupe, garnish with an orange peel and serve.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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