Recipe by Annacia
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.
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄4 cup gin
- 1 tablespoon maraska maraschino juice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon simple syrup
- 1 cup ice cube
- homemade maraschino cherries (see note, below) or pitted fresh cherries
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.