The Broken Nose Cocktail

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The Broken Nose Cocktail
The Broken Nose Cocktail

Created at New York's Four Seasons with the help of Charles Corbin and Nicholas Drakides, this unusual but simple drink was inspired by years of going up to bars, seeing a bottle of Campari, and wondering "Why?" The bottle, never in use, seemed to not be living up to its potential, so I decided to give it a try.

Now, on the night I decided this, I was also out with friends on a wild night, so I wasn't looking for a "sit thoughtfully and sip" drink. I needed something fun. So, with the addition of a liberal amount of tequila and a tricky balancing act of sweet and bitter, the Broken Nose was born. As for the name, it stems from both the generous amount of tequila (fightin' liqour!) and the blood-red color of the drink, so before you order one make sure you have a package of frozen peas handy.


Deliver Ingredients


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • ½ ounce Campari
  • ½ ounce sour mix 
  • 3 dashes of bitters, preferably cherry
  • Ice
  • Ginger ale, to top


Pour tequila, Campari, sour mix, and bitters into a shaker with ice, and shake until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker. Pour into a highball glass with ice, and top with ginger ale.

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.