This one's a longtime favorite around our house. Our favorite reaction when serving this cocktail has been from our friend Doug, who had never had anything like it when we served him one at a cocktail party a couple of years ago. "This is an incredibly elegant drink," he said. He's right.

2 ounces gin.
1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur.
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice.

Shake with ice (10-15 seconds) and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a cherry.

You can find maraschino liqueur (essential for a true cocktailian bar) locally in the L.A. area at Wally's in Westwood, The Wine House in West L.A., Beverage Warehouse in Marina del Rey, Wine and Spirits Depot in Van Nuys, Topline Wine and Spirits in Glendale, Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa or online via Beverages and More. Luxardo is good; Maraska, our favorite, is cheaper, drier and better.


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