This recipe is from Eben Freeman, bartender of Tailor Restaurant in New York City. For this classic cocktail, essentially a gin sour with a cherry garnish, Freeman believes that the quality of the ingredients is paramount. He prefers Maraska maraschino liqueur, which has a cleaner and less funky flavor than other brands, and he replaces the traditional, artificially flavored maraschino cherry with a homemade version. For instructions on making homemade maraschino cherries, see the bartender's note, below, or simply substitute a pitted fresh cherry.
- In cocktail shaker, combine lemon juice, gin, maraschino liqueur, and simple syrup.
- Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
- Strain into chilled coupe glass and drop in cherry.
- Bartenders Note:
- To make homemade maraschino cherries: Fill a mason jar or sealable crock with pitted Bing cherries, add Maraska maraschino liqueur to cover, seal the jar, and let stand at least 3 months and up to 1 year.
Yummo!!! Gin is my favorite liquor. I made this using agave for the simple syrup and Roses Grenadine. Served in small coup glasses enough for 4. Thanks