This drink is a classic, dating back to the early part of the 20th Century.  It’s strong, so I like it as an alternative to a martini, but it’s far more tart.  Adding the maraschino cherry gives it a bit of sweetness to cut the boozy tartness, and it will make the drink look slightly pink and more interesting.  Most liquor stores carry maraschino liqueur, but at one store they only knew it by the brand-name Luxardo, so you may need to ask for it that way.  This drink is sometimes made with a violet-flavored liquor, but that can taste soap-y to some people, which is why I’ve gone with the version shown here.









1.5 oz Gin (or vodka if you prefer!)
3/4 oz Maraschino liqueur (most liquor stores carry Luxardo brand)
3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
Maraschino cherry for taste and to give the drink color (optional, but recommend)

(Note: We had fresh cherries at the time of shooting, so that’s what we used for this picture instead of a Maraschino.)


  1. Shake the gin, maraschino liqueur, and lemon juice well with ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry (optional).

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