One of the few remaining drinks in Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails that I had yet to try, mainly due to the fact that it’s rare for me to have both grapefruit and fresh mint in the house at the same time.
The recipe also always struck me as somewhat simple, with little potential to surprise. That was a mistake — this is actually quite a bright and refreshing cocktail. While a heavy dose of maraschino can overwhelm most drinks, when paired with the equally assertive grapefruit and leavened with the airy taste of fresh mint, the liqueur’s distinctive funkiness is kept in balance.
A nice drink to try when you’re looking for something new, and maybe a little surprise.
- 1 3/4 ounce gin [I used Bombay Original]
- 1/4 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
- 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
- fresh mint sprig
Shake with cracked ice and strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.