So let me start by saying I totally screwed this drink up. It was still good, though, so why not share?* Inspired to try my hand at an aviation cocktail by Putney Farm’s recent post, I went in search of maraschino liqueur at my local liquor store. The clerk pointed me to Cherry Heering, which, as it turns out, is actually a cherry liqueur.
*Also, I have had about zero time to experiment with cocktails this week due to a family funeral, so cut me some slack. Cocktail Thursday must go on!
I didn’t realize the mistake until I opened the bottle and realized it was red, not colorless as I expected. Oh well — worth a shot!
The resulting drink was good, and a nice change of pace for this new gin experimenter, but definitely different than I’d imagine the original to be. I’ll have to go to a different liquor store next time and see if I can find actual maraschino liqueur (and Creme de Violette while I’m at it) and give it a second go. In the meantime, does anyone have any good ideas for the rest of the cherry liqueur? I’m kind of stumped.
Based on this recipe from Putney Farm
2 oz London dry gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz cherry liqueur
lemon twist for garnish
Combine the gin, lemon juice, cherry liqueur, and plenty of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.