The Departini © Tequila Tezon
According to Solon the Duplex was one of the popular drinks at the bar, and one day while making one a waiter came back from a table with a message: "Why don't you get up a new cocktail? I have a customer who says you can't do it." Inspired by the Duplex, Solon says, "...a thought came to me. I poured into a mixing glass the equivalent of two jiggers of Gordon's Gin. Then I filled the jigger with orange juice...Then into the mixture I put a dash each of Italian and French Vermouth, shaking the thing up."
Back in the day of the Bronx orange juice cocktails were a hit and, as Crockett points out, many were not distinguishable from one another, especially by the home bartender during the late "Doubtful Drink Era." You may have been served a "Bronx" but it could have been, in reality, an Adirondack, Orange Blossom (No. 1 or 2), or an Eddy. But one thing was for sure: "As a rule, the Orange Juice, at least, was the "real stuff." Fresh OJ was essential during the era, so much that after the Bronx rose to it's pre-Prohibition fame, the Waldorf was using a case of oranges a day.