Articles Tagged: Maraschino


Cocktails By Consensus: Honolulu Cocktail #2

Savoy Cocktail BookMade ManSotally ToberIdrink Gin1 part1 part1 part1 part Benedictine1 part1 part1 part1 part Maraschino1 part1 part1 part (says "Maraschino cherry, but I will give them the benefit of a doubt here)1 part Garnishlemon twist-mint leaves Shake well and strain.stir with ice and strain. stir with ice and strain.mix together with crushed ice, and add garnish.

In the Savoy Cocktail book, there are some obscure drinks whose name origins and references are lost to time. To every Corpse Reviver #2, there is a #1.

While the Honolulu Cocktail #1 contains vaguely tropical things, the #2 comes from seemingly out of nowhere. Maraschino? Benedictine? and of course gin. I’d say the only this drink has going for it is that its equal parts and therefore easy to remember.

But you’d probably be best off forgetting this one.

An almost saccharine, confusing blend of sweet cherry and herbs overpower the gin. Pretty much any gin just falls down here. Its a weird drink, and one whose mysterious name origins are just as opaque as why someone would mix these ingredients in this way.


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Cocktails by Consensus, The Last Word

With a cocktail name like “The Last Word” you might expect some sort of consensus. Something along the lines of a proverbial foot being put down.

“Here is my recipe,” a large sounding but disembodied voice said, “this is the last word.”

  Cocktail Chronicles Cocktail Enthusiasts DrinkUP NY Juniper Inspiration Gin 3/4 oz. 3/4 oz. 1/2 oz. 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice 3/4 oz. 3/4 oz. 1/2 oz. 1 oz. Chartreuse 3/4 oz. (green) 3/4 oz. (green) 1/2 oz. (green) 1 oz. Maraschino 3/4 oz. 3/4 oz. 1/2 oz. 1 oz.

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The first word on this delightful prohibition era cocktail goes back to the Detroit Athletic Club. Cocktail historians might have thought that the cocktail had its “last word” as it fell out of favor and was merely a historical footnote until a Seattle area bartender brought it back in the late 2000’s.

The cocktail is shaken with ice, and then served straight up.

The chartreuse is mentioned very specifically as green chartreuse in three of the recipes. So don’t wimp out and go yellow on this one.

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the Aviation

The classic cocktail revival has brought with it several drinks from the dead. But this is one drink that couldn’t be brought back from the land of ghosts and smoke until Creme De Violette returned to the market. For this small mercy, the gin community thanks Rothmann and Winter.

The drink is a potent blend of gin, Creme De Violette, Maraschino, and lemon juice. Usually served martini style, shaken with ice and poured into a martini glass. The aviation’s beauty is its simplicity. A classic gin mixed with a couple strongly flavored¬†liqueurs. It also has a wonderful purple/blue color if you use a clear gin. Though if beauty isn’t your goal, I’m going to make a couple of suggestions that will make you an ugly as sin, but delicious drink.

Recipe by Consensus In this case, I’m not going to rattle off a bunch of recipes, but tell you from experimentation what I think the perfect aviation is.

2 shots of good gin (this drink is nearly all gin, so I wouldn’t advise cheaping out here) 1/3 shot of Maraschino (you could do less if you dislike the strong flavor of it, but I think it adds balance) 1/3 shot of Creme De Violette.

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