Like bitters, maraschino liqueur is an essential ingredient in many classic cocktails but serves an opposite purpose. The cherry-derived spirit offers just a hint of sweetness that's not at all syrupy. I particularly love cocktails that combine bitters and maraschino, as the competing elements come together for a very complex taste.
The festive Fat Prince challenges (in a good way) the taste buds even more, with earthy rye and a float of Brut champagne. Though the combination isn't timid, it's a highly sippable tipple. It's also a great way to get acquainted with maraschino, but if you can't find it, you can substitute kirschwasser. To get the recipe,
1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
1/2 teaspoon maraschino liqueur (look for Luxardo)
1/2 teaspoon rich simple syrup*
2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Stir well with cracked ice 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey (if you can't find rye, use bourbon), 1/2 tsp. maraschino liqueur, 1/2 tsp. rich simple syrup, and 2 dashes Angostura bitters.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, top off with Brut champagne, and twist a swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top. If more lushness is desired, add a cube of pineapple.
Makes 1 cocktail.
*To make rich simple syrup, stir 2 parts raw or Demerara sugar and 1 part water over a low flame until all the sugar has dissolved; let cool.
- Drinks, Cocktails