Monday, January 11, 2016

Colonial Cocktail

There's some cocktails in the New York Bartender's Guide that I always swore I would never make. The Colonial Cocktail is one of these. The idea of an olive and grapefruit juice just didn't sit right with me. But I have to say that after my experience with the Highland Fling, which was pretty positive, I gave it a chance.

Lately I've learned that gin, grapefruit and maraschino liqueur are perfect together. The olive just grounds the flavor in earthiness. I still don't get the reason for the name, but in reading about early colonists, they often drank just about anything, including a spirit called cherry bounce, which may have been a gin with a flavor like this drink.
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 tsp. maraschino liqueur (Luxardo used)
  • 1/2 oz. grapefruit juice
  • olive (kalamata used)
Combine all ingredients except for olive in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the olive.

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