I don’t know who either Sonza or Wilson are. And there is no plain “Wilson’s” Cocktail in the Savoy so this doesn’t appear to be a variation on another drink, beyond the ordinary fact that almost all drinks are variations on other drinks. There’s only so many different kinds of booze and juices out there.
This is another beverage calling for cherry brandy, so I will take the opportunity once again to insist that you get a bottle of Cherry Heering. That is all.
1/2 cherry brandy
4 dashes (1/2 tsp) of lemon or lime juice (I used lemon)
4 dashes grenadine
Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Much like the Castle Dip Cocktail, which we featured a little while back and which tasted pretty much like NyQuil, the Sonza’s Wilson tastes rather like cherry cough syrup. Or at least it starts out that way; it gradually gets better, although not much. The gin in this case seems to hold itself apart from the brandy, providing two distinct tastes, one of rich, sweet, black cherry, and one of juniper and alcohol. It’s too bad, because this seems like a potentially good combination, but the proportions are just not right. There’s not really enough lemon juice to add much, and the grenadine is just unnecessary with the brandy playing such a big role. I expect a 2:1 gin to brandy ratio, along with something like 1/2 or 3/4 of an ounce of lemon juice and no grenadine would make for a much better drink, so feel free to try that and let me know. As it is, this gets three livers. Barely.