While we (I) normally focus on vintage cocktails, today’s drink is a more contemporary creation, invented by bartender Jane Danger and featured in Jim Meehan’s PDT Cocktail Book. Almost certainly, it calls for fresh cherries, as “pitted cherries” are specified. But, I didn’t have any, plus I love any excuse to put as many Tillen Farms Merry Maraschino Cherries as I can into a drink. So I used those – but by all means, if you’ve got fresh cherries, use them. This drink will be good either way.
2 oz. Plymouth gin
1 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. Maraschino liqueur
.5 oz. simple syrup
Muddle two of the cherries with the simple syrup. Pour the result into a chilled shaker, add the other ingredients, shake vigorously, and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with the remaining cherry.
It almost winds up being too sweet, but the bitter notes in the Maraschino counteract that tendency. Gin and lemon juice, of course, get along famously – indeed the combination of those with Maraschino is of course a variation on the famous Aviation cocktail. And the cherries, well, they just make the whole thing that much tastier. This is an easy-drinking drink for drinkers who don’t like to drink gin. They’ll like this. And even if you already like gin, you’ll still like it. Not a classic by any means, but just as tasty. Five livers.