This early-20th-century variation on the classic martini calls for sweet vermouth instead of dry and a few dashes of maraschino liqueur instead of bitters. The grapefruit wedge garnish is key; it pulls all of the flavors together.
As always, remember that maraschino liqueur is not the juice from jarred maraschino cherries.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1/2 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
- Grapefruit wedge, for garnish
Fill a mixing glass halfway with ice. Add the gin, vermouth and maraschino liqueur. Stir vigorously, then strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass.
Garnish with the grapefruit wedge.
Adapted from "Recipes for Mixed Drinks," by Hugo R. Ensslin (Fox Printing House, 1916; facsimile edition, Mud Puddle Books, 2009).
Tested by Jason Wilson and Michael Taylor.
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